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Reenactment Photos:

• Birthday of the Army - Living history at Ft. MacPherson in Atlanta, Georgia. June 2005
• Firebase Friday 2006- 25th Division event in Jackson, Mississippi. June 2006
• The Defense of FSB Hun, May 1968 - 199th Brigade event in Louisa, Virginia. August 2006
• Five Centuries of Military, Machines and Memories - Military Timeline at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. November 2006

• Firebase Friday 2007 - 25th Division event in Jackson, Mississippi. June 2007
• Louisa Virginia, July 2007 - 199th Brigade event in Louisa, Virginia. July 2007
• Louisa Virginia, August 2007 - 199th Brigade event in Louisa, Virginia. August 2007
• Louisa Virginia, August 2008 - 199th Brigade event in Louisa, Virginia. August 2008 NEW

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Replica Weapons for Sale Photos of Replica Weapons

 

Basic Training Info:

• Physical Conditioning - 12 basic exercises (1)
• Improving Your Impression & Your Life - My attempt to NOT be a fat reenactor.


• Clothing Issue & Marking - clothing issue, allowances, and marking (1)
• Proper Terminology - Army vocabulary (1) Also check out this excellent Glossary of terms (external link)

• Manual of Arms for the M16A1 Rifle (2)
• Disassembly & Assembly of the M16A1 Rifle and Magazine (8)
• Disassembly & Assembly of the Caliber .45 Pistol (8)

• FREE Web Printable paperwork - MVO Permit, Passes, Draft Notice, Immunization Record & more!

  Gear in hooch, Firebase Friday 2006

Fieldcraft:

• Visual Signals - infantry specific hand signals (3)
• Combat Formations - Squad & Platoon Formations (6)
• Squad & Platoon Battle Drill - Immediate Action Drills for Rifle Squad & Platoon (6)
• Patrol Battle Drills - Immediate Action Drills for Dismounted Patrols (5)
• Patrolling - Planning & Executing a patrol(10)
• Patrol Tips - Basic hints & tips to have a successful patrol (5)
• Challenge and Password - How to properly issue the Challenge & reply with the Password - (5)

• M56 Gear - How to assemble the M1956 Load Carrying Equipment (4)
• Universal Load Carry Sling - How to use the Universal Load Carry Sling to carry Ammo, Rations, Injured Soldiers, and more. (4)
• Tent Pitching - Proper way to pitch the shelter-half tent for 2 or 6 men. (4)
• The Poncho - Uses of the Poncho (4)
• Jungle Hammock - .pdf of instructions for Jungle Hammock use. Submitted by Mike Fox

• Tactics - Fieldcraft Hints & Tips from the USMC (9)
• Tips to Save Your Life - Hints & tips to keep new replacements alive.

  Brian Mead at Friday Farm 2006

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Advanced Training Info:

• Sergeant's Business - The role of the NCO, by David Stieghan

• Airmobile Operations - Information on Conducting Airmobile Operations (10)
• Special Forces Combat Recon Manual - Tips & Techniques for Successful Patrol (11)

• Basic VC Info - VC organization, weapons, and tactics
• Mines & Boobytraps - Americal Division report on Mines & Boobytraps, 5 October 1968
• VC Mine and Booby Trap Signs - How to spot Booby Traps & Mines. (9)
• TO&E Infantry Rifle Company - External Link
• Speak Vietnamese - Basic words & phrases (9)

  LZ Charlie: Vietnam Reenacting Forum

 

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Communications:

• Condensed Operating Instructions for PRC-25 Radio (7)
• Radio Telephone Procedures - Prowords, Phonetic Alphabet, and Sample Messages (8)
• So you wanna be a Radiotelephone Operator? - Basic info building a functional RTO impression
• Calling in Artillery - Requesting and Adjusting Artillery Fire (10)

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Inspection Displays:

• Footlocker Display - layout for tray & bottom of footlocker (1)
• Bedding Display Linen Day - (1)
• Formal Inspection Layout - personal equipment display layout (1) (2)
• Wall Locker Display - (1)

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Quick Reference Sheets

Below are some quick reference sheets I created from the info above. They are not meant as a living history display item, but hopefully they'll serve as a training aid & quick info in the field.

RTO Quick Reference Sheet

Patrol Immediate Action Drills & Hand Signals

M16a1 Disassembly/Assembly Instructions

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Links - Vietnam Reenacting & Living History Resources on the Web:

 

• 25th Infantry Division - Texas
• Last Patrol - Kansas
• Modern Forces - MACV-SOG - UK

• VN era Paperwork - Web printable paperwork by "the Mad Baronet"

• 1st Battalion, 69th Armor - site dedicated to the memory of 1st Bn 69 Armor. Excellent history & reference materials
• Donut Dollies: Women in Vietnam
• Vietnam Donut Dollies

LZ Charlie: Vietnam Reenacting Forum

Vendors

• Repro "In-Country" made Insignia - scrolls, tabs, SSI's, army/name tapes, pocket patches, and custom work by Jeff Bonemeyer NEW LINK

• Nam Shop - Specializes in Vietnam War Militaria. Also carries WW2, Korean War, Operation Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom Militaria.

• Chuck Kenney's Vietnam Store - 100's of hours of AFVN Radio & other VN broadcasts.
Moore Militaria - Original & Repro Vietnam War Gear
• Wephaus - Repro VN C-Rations

 

 

Repro In-Country Made Insignia

 

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Recommended Reading:

Uniforms & Equipment of U.S. Military Advisors in Vietnam: 1957-1972 by Paul Miraldi

Uniforms and Equipment of U.S. Army Infantry, Lrrps and Rangers in Vietnam 1965-1971,by Paul Miraldi  

Stealth Patrol: The Making of a Vietnam Ranger, 1968-70
Platoon, Bravo Company
...and a hard rain fell

Sources list:

(1) The Soldier's Handbook, DA Pam 21-13, 1 June 1966
(2) Drill and Celemonies, FM 22-5, August 1968
(3) Visual Symbols, FM 21-60, December 1966
(4) Care and Use of Individual Clothing and Equipment, January 1966
(5) Combat Training of the Individual Soldier and Patrolling, July 1967
(6) Rifle Platoon and Squads - Infantry, Airborne and Mechanized, March 1965
(7) Organizational Maintenance Manual Including Repair Parts and Special Tool Lists, Radio Set AN/PRC-25, TM 11-5820-398-12, November 1965
(8) Soldier's Manual for Skill Level 1, unknown date (probably post-1975)
(9) Professional Knowledge Gained from Operational Experience in Vietnam, 1967
(10) Guide For Squad Leaders, Pam 350-12, May 1967
(11) Special Forces Combat Recon Manual, Republic of Vietnam, POI 7658, patrolling FTX, Prepared by Project (B-52) Delta, HQ. NhaTrang


WW1 Living History Organization

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