The boys from Company B of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion headed down to Camp Clark for the 2016 Battle of the Bulge. This was the 10 year anniversary for this event which has consistently drawn 150 to 200 reenactors every year. Eric and Cody from the World War 2 Guys joined up with Paul, Sean, Kris, Jacob, Nathan, Mike, and Willis for the fun filled weekend. Our Friday night dinner was held at the local Pizza Hut in Nevada, Missouri followed by a trip to the local Wal-Mart for some last minute supplies. Once we got back to the barracks it was a night full of rifle drill and preparations for the battle to come. Morning reveille was at 0600 with a quick coffee and donuts breakfast at 0700. But 0830 we were out on the parade ground going through Safety & Authenticity. We marched off to our first scenario by 0900. And believe me, we did a lot of marching throughout the course of the day - over 6 miles to be exact. Within our first 20 minutes, we captured a downed Luftwaffe pilot spotted by Kris. We then battled it out with the Germans attacking the town of Recht and then quickly moved to our next objective defending the bridge. After a spirited battle we were eventually overrun by advancing German forces but not before we blew the bridge. We made a heroic last stand at the rock pile and then paused for some tea and rations. Later, we ambushed a Kraut truck and stole a wooden crate filled with Nazi gold which we quickly confiscated back to our lines. We battled our way into a German held town where we eliminated several enemy soldiers with our highly effective Mills grenades. Our final scenario of the day had us battling it out with some pockets of German resistance in a wooded area. We hitched a ride back to the barracks in a German truck around 1600. The traditional spaghetti dinner was served at 1700 with green beans, bread and butter, lemonade, cookies, and the "insanely hot" Russian pickles. The night was spent winding down with stories and cleaning up. It was another wonderful event hosted by our friends from the HRS's 137th Infantry Regiment. I'm already looking forward to next year!
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