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Operation Spring Storm

Warning Order

REF: 44/10/070802 

DATE: 10/28/1944

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The Battle of Hürtgen Forest was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September 1944 to 10 February 1945 between American and German forces in the Hürtgen Forest an area of approx. 50 sq miles, east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. The U.S. 1st Infantry Division arrived in early October, joining elements of the XIX Corps and VII Corps, which had encircled Aachen.



All able bodies personal of 1st platoon, Company "E" 2nd Battalion, 1st Inf. Div.  MUST report for duty at assembly area WS12 4PT by 19.00hrs on 6th April. Report direct to S/Sgt Sergent or Sgt Warren. Draw ammunition and field rations for two days combat from Q.M. stores.


No transport will be available north of Springslade due to enemy activity.


1st Platoon to set out at 09:00hrs on 6th to carry recon patrol of Able sector to ascertain enemy strength and report to Regimental HQ.



bed roll, pup tents, open or closed ended tents

ground sheet, blankets x 2, sleeping bag, wool.



M41, M1937 trousers, M1937 Flannel shirt, scarf, gloves.

Roughouts with leggings, Overshoes (compulsory if you own some), Socks x3 pairs.

Wash roll, Dog tags

M1 Steel Helmet with or without mesh, Jeep cap/Gas Mask hood.

M1928 Haversack, First aid pouch

M1910 T-Handle shovel or M1943 Folding E-Tool or M1910 Pick Mattock (1 per 12 men).

G.P. Bag or Lightweight Gas Mask Bag with rations and alcohol cooker.


Binoculars/Map case (Officers/NCO's only)


Weapon and webbing to suit.

Ammo, water and rations for 1 days combat to be carried.



By Order of:






G.A Taylor

Colonel,16th Infantry, Commanding.








Uniform & kit:



M37 Wool Shirt & Pants
M41 Jacket (With 1st Div Patch)
M1 Steel Helmet with 3/4" Mesh net or without.

Garrison Cap
M1938 Dismounted Leggings
Roughout Boots or service shoes
M1928 Haversack with mess kit and KFS

T-Handle & cover

Belt to suit weapon, with canteen and carlisle pouch
Personal Weapon

Gas mask bag

Dog tags

Wash kit


Uniform Standard: Combat dirty.


Personal appearance: 2-days max. shaving


Please take note, to maintain our high standards:


No Jump boots

No Modern Tee shirts

No E-cigarettes in sight

No beards

No visible piercings  

Mobile phones and modern cameras to be used discreetly

All Modern equipment (carrier bags, cool boxes, beer boxes, books, food packaging etc)hidden from sight at all times where possible.

Rations and personal items either wrapped in period packaging or used discreetly

Please change into green clothing upon arrival and stay in green until Endex.




Steve, please bring your fly-sheet for storage, etc.


Unit Field Equipment: None, no kitchen kit coming to this event.


Field Equipment: None required


Radios:   No


Flagpole: No


Signage, etc: Not required


Weapons:  Personal weapons with copy of deactivation certificate. 


Unit Weapons: 30 cal., grenade launcher Woz?


Water:    Available on Site.


Toilets:  Available on Site


Showers:  None


Food:     Friday Night – Hot dogs 

          Saturday Breakfast – Cooked breakfast

          Saturday Lunch – C Rations, eat in the field

          Saturday Dinner – Toocan stew

          Sunday Morning – Porridge

          Sunday Lunch – Personal Rations


Camping Cost: £6/person per night, payable at the weekend.


Food Cost: £4/person for the weekend


All Troops please bring to every event regardless: 


Some bread (Not a modern sliced loaf)

1x tin meat or veg for a 2-can 

1x tin for sweet (Rice pudding, peaches)

1x tin of Spam, hot dog's or corned beef

Coffee or Tea

Please remove modern labels and/or relabel if possible.


Also, needed at every event:


Salt & Pepper

Tomato Sauce & Brown Sauce




Cooking oil

Washing up liquid


Fire: No open fires, fire bucket off the ground (50 cal tin)or Steve's Olive Oil Tin.           (Water bucket alongside at all times.)


Fire Wood: Bring small amounts of firewood enough for 2-nights worth (Friday & Saturday).


Rubbish:  Bag rubbish/recycle and take home.


Alcohol:  Permitted, Personal Ration enough to share, drink will be pooled then excess shared at end of the weekend.


Site:     Springslade Lodge, Camp Road, Cannock Chase WS12 4PT


Parking:  Parking on the access road to campsite, not up by cafe, this is for cafe patrons only. 


Access to Site: From main road drive down the gravel road to the very bottom camping field furthest away from the cafe. First person there, the camping is booked in my name, will also need key to gate otherwise we will have the hump kit over the gate. No motor vehicles on campsite only the access road, owner worried about damage to grass.


Contact No’s: Marcus Spencer – 07469 737715


Pyros: No not permitted


Blank Firers: No


Health & Saftey:


Wear suitable and appropriate footwear and clothing. Inform organiser(M.Spencer) of any medical issues. Wear Sunscreen where needed and keep hydrated.


Insurance: Unit PI Insurance cover in place, copy available on request.


First Aid:  Modern First Aid kit carried by T.Atherton & M.Spencer


Training Schedule: None, this is a combat scenario event, time to use that training!


Off Duty Entertainment: Drinking and socializing


Weekend Programme: 


            PM Friday – Arrive and establish camp - (Off Duty)




            07:30 – Reveille

            08:00 – Breakfast

            09:30 – Roll call & briefing

            10:00 - Set out for combat patrol over the chase

            17:00 – Return to camp

            17:30 - Evening meal, wash-up, clean-up and police weapons

            18:30 - Off duty, Possible Jeep run to local Pub




            07:30 – Reveille

            08:00 – Breakfast

            09:30 – Roll call & briefing

            10:00 - Some unit training 

            12:00 - Lunch and breakdon (EndX)



Unit Matters:  Discuss Normandy trip.


By order of:


2nd Lt M.Spencer

E Co/2nd/16/1



Semper paratus







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