Ironbridge WW2 Weekend 2022

 

Event Location: 

Dale End Park

Wharfage

Ironbridge

Coalbrookdale

TF8 7NJ

Notes from the Organisers (PLEASE READ AND DIGEST!)

- There is no battle this year just manoeuvre demos, where fire arms can be used.

 

- ***IMPORTANT*** Discharging of firearms is prohibited outside of the arena and restricted to scheduled times. Under No circumstances are weapons to be discharge outside of the advertised times/area, and by no means in Camp/on display (even by shouting "test fire". (That includes throwing items that go bang into a Camp fire)). Failure to obey this rule may see us ejected from the event

- No weapons of any type are to be taken outside of the event. Although the wider Ironbridge area will be joining in and available for us to visit, weapons are strictly restricted to the confines of Dale End Park.

- 11:00 on Sunday 29th, there will be a service at the local War Memorial. The parade will leave from the Malthouse Inn at 10:45 under the direction of Parade Marshal Sgt. Major Reg Varney (Coldstream Guards retd). The Wharfage will be closed from 10:30 to 11:30. E Company will be laying a Wreath of remembrance during the proceedings, all attendees are encouraged to fall in.

All funds raised from this event will be going to the Combat Stress Charity. They have prepared the following statement

"The WW2 Ironbridge Weekend is supporting the veterans charity Combat Stress, who help former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. They provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues related to their military service”

"We urge re-enactors and stall holders to show their support for veterans by restricting the firing of guns to stated timings.

We urge you to understand how frightening this can be for veterans. You yourselves are respecting history by keeping the stories alive, so please respect the veterans you are portraying, and understand the impact sudden gunfire can have on them.

If gunfire happens with no warning, it can have a significant impact on veterans with mental health problems who are at the event or living close by.
We don’t want to ruin anyone’s fun but we urge you to understand how distressing this can be for military veterans".

Access to Site: From Friday: 12:00-19:00. Saturday/Sunday: 07:00–09:30

Set your sat nav to

Dale End Car Park

Wharfage

Ironbridge

Coalbrookdale

TF8 7NJ

Passes: Pfc Dorricott has the passes. If you get challenged for passes upon arriving, give him or the Lieutenant a call and we'll come to you.

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Upon Arrival: Once unloaded cars are to be removed from the display and parked in the reserved areas on the Football field

Parking: Parking is on the Football field at the far side of the park next to the Ironbridge Rowing club Entrance. Follow directions from event co-ordinators

Event Theme

Public Display

Show and Tell

Fire Arms Demonstrations

Evening Dance

Evening pass to the world famous Ironbridge Gorge

Scenario: Pre D-Day Training Camp, England 1944

Uniform Standard: Clean. Uniform inspections will take place during roll call.

Personal appearance: Clean Shaven, Washed, and correct period hair cuts 

Uniform & Kit:

 

- M37 Wool Shirt & Pants
- M41 Jacket (with 1st Infantry Division Patch)
- M1 Steel Helmet

- ​Rough-Outs/Service Shoes with Leggings
- Garrison Cap with 16th DUI

- Dog tags
- M1928 Pack for display/
inspection

- T-Handle shovel
- Mess kit and KFS

- Belt to suit weapon, with canteen and Carlisle pouch.
- Personal Weapon

- Replica Mk2 Pineapple or M15/18 Smoke Grenades

- Notebook and pencil

- Raincoat

- Boot Polish/Cleaning kit

Saturday Evening and Remembrance march Uniform:  

- Class A Jacket (with 1st Infantry Division Patch)

- Garrison Cap with 16th DUI

Presidential Unit citation award

Fourragère (No Olives)

- Correct Rank insignia representing your authorised rank within this group. 

- Ribbons (Careful on that fruit salad, insure they match your service stripes and bars)

- Correct Overseas Service Bar(s) & Service Strip(s) to be worn on the left sleeve (One Stripe for every thee years in service and one bar for every six months overseas service. Insure these match your ribbons)

- Neck Tie

Insure your boots are polished!

Clean Shaven

For those without a Class A Jacket, Class B is authorised

- Clean M41 Jacket

- Clean and Pressed M37 Wool Shirt & Pants

- Neck Tie

- Garrison Cap with DUI

- Remove your Leggings

Insure your boots are polished!

A uniform inspection will be conducted.   

Please take note:

​No Buckle Boots

No Bloused Jump boots 

No Modern Tee shirts

No E-cigarettes insight while on display (Permitted after hours)

No Vaping whilst on display (Permitted after hours)

No beards

No Modern hair cuts

No visible piercings or Tattoos

No modern watches

No modern glasses

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

Head cover to be worn at all times, either a Garrison Cap, or the M1 Helmet. (When on display jeep caps should be worn under the M1 helmet only. After hours the jeep cap can be worn on it's own).

Event Itinerary

Friday

​12:00 – Site available for set up

17:00 - Evening meal, wash-up, clean-up and police Camp

19:30 - The Wheatsheaf Marquee/bar will be open in the park. Live music and UK 1940s Radio                recording live

            

Saturday

07:30 - Reveille and Flag Detail

08:00 – Breakfast

08:30 – Wash up, Clean up

10:00 - Show opens to public. Roll call, Uniform Inspection, Briefing

16:30 - Flag Detail

17:00 – Show closes to public

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

18:30 - Evening event starts* (To be confirmed), or furlough into Ironbridge

01:00 – Anyone not back in camp by this time will considered AWOL and will go in The Book

* Saturday Dance tickets have sold out.

Sunday

​07:30 – Reveille and Flag detail

08:00 – Breakfast

08:30 – Wash up, Clean up.

10:00 - Show opens to public. Roll call, Uniform Inspection, Briefing

10:00 – Those wanting to join the remembrance parade to fall in.

17:00 - Show closes to the public

17:30 - Vehicle access to site to breakdown (assumed)

19:00 – Site to be vacated by this time

This is a public display. Please do not leave or wander off without clearing it first with the Lieutenant or a Senior NCO.

Keep you Green heads on while on display. If given an order by an Officer or Senior NCO, react in the appropriate manor.

Food:

Friday Night – Walk into Ironbridge for food (bring cash)

Saturday Breakfast – Cooked Breakfast

Saturday Lunch – Personal rations or run to Eley's for pasties/sausage roll/pork pie?)

Saturday Dinner – Fish 'n' Chip run

Sunday Morning – Cooked Breakfast

Sunday Lunch – Personal rations

The cooked breakfast is £5.00 per person and includes Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Beans.

All Troops please bring to every event regardless: 

Some bread

1x tin Stewing Steak or Corned Beef, and 1 tin of veg for a 2-can 

1x tin for sweet (Rice pudding, peaches)

1x tin of Spam or corned beef

Coffee or Tea

Please remove modern labels and/or relabel if possible.

Also, needed at every event:

Milk

Cooking oil

Washing up liquid

Bin Bags

Shelter:

​Unit Kitchen fly sheet.

Personal Open or closed ender pup tents.

Flagpole: Yes

Signage: Sgt Warren's Unit sign

Radios: Unit SCR300, Lt's Hand Radios. Optional bring a Field telephone and cable if you have one for demonstration.

Weapons: Personal weapons. If a deac insure to bring a copy of deactivation certificate.

Unit Weapons: 60mm Mortar, .30 Cal, BAR

Pyros: Smoke only, no flashbang's

Blank firers: Permitted; BUT only to be used during strictly authorised timings. 

Camp Fire: Yes. Above/off ground only. 

Fire Wood: Bring your own wood, try to bring a bag each.

Bag rubbish/recycle and take home, you make it you take it home to recycle!

Water: Available on site

Toilets: Portaloos available onsite

Alcohol:  Permitted after hours. If in the Beer club, bring a pack of 15 or a bottle of spirits. 

Contact No’s:

Marcus Spencer – 07469 737715 - On Site from Friday 14:30 Onward

Martin Sargent - 07788 532266 - On Site from Friday 12:30 Onwards

Richard Dorricott - 07454 185835 - On Site from Friday 11:00 Onward

Or contact via the WhatsApp group

Health & Saftey:

I know we're all grown ups, but Dale End park and Ironbridge is right on the banks of the River Severn with little in the way of fencing separating the park from the river. It's an area that in the past was heavy industrialised. For the love of god, Please don't fall/feel the need to dive into the River. Many a person has done such a thing in the past and were never seen again.

Wear suitable and appropriate footwear and clothing. Inform organiser (M.Spencer) of any medical issues. Wear Sunscreen if needed and keep hydrated. Bring mosquito replant or suffer the consequences. Baby oil and rope available upon request.

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

First Aid:  Modern First Aid kit available

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