Annual Fort Indiantown Gap Battle of the Bulge Jan 30 - Feb 1
Once again our WWII Polish LHG members donned the comfortably appropriate wool uniforms of the 10th Dragoon Regt for our training weekend.
Various indoor and outdoor training classes were held throughout the weekend. Here members and invited guests practice the bayonet thrust and parry with less than deadly wooden drill rifles.
Despite our best efforts, at least one person walked away with a bleeding finger. Better than getting stabbed with a real bayonet though.
One of our indoor classes consisted discussing period personal toiletries commonly carried by Polish troops while in the U.K.
One of the weekend highlights was a formal march past for Allied and Axis troops on Friday. We had the honor of saluting WWII veterans who had gathered on base for the occasion.
Our PSK support detachment was in full force for the weekend. The women held their own series of classes appropriate to the history which Polish females played during the war.
Friday night we gathered for a traditional Polish themed meal. Each person brings a dish to share. As a kick off to the festivities, the regimental colors are paraded and placed at the head of the table in remembrance of the original veterans we represent.
Here Drag. Jacob Benicewicz is presented with his regimental badge. All full members who have served with the unit for two years and demonstrate proficiency in the Polish manual of arms are eligible.
Here Brian Neri is presented with a promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer of Signals. Brian has been a HAM radio operator for over 50 years as well as professional signalman in the Army. At living history displays he will now take on the full time responsibility of all signals related equipment.
The next day we were back at it. Here the section practices a skirmish line advance in an effort to work off all the food from the night before.
At this point we were trying to learn how to use ground to our advantage. Where does the Bren team go to support the advance of the rifles? How will undulating ground cover a section advance? Better question, why are we laying down in the snow when nobody is really shooting at us?
After the outdoor activities everybody was apparently happy to march back to the barracks. A smiling soldier is a happy soldier.
Back in the warmth of the cadre room W.O. Neri schools us on the differences between the WS38 and WS18 set. His 18 has been meticulously restored and is quite a rarity.
As is evidenced by the photo, the radio set weighs about half of the body mass of Drag. Petronis. We attempted to order a pizza but apparently nobody was listening on that frequency.
We also took time during the weekend to fill out reproduction paperwork using original examples as guides. The next time you see one of our soldiers at a display, request to see his AB64.