Camp/Field Living-History Etiquette

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Camp/Field Living-History Etiquette

Post  Marc on Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:44 am

Camp/Field Living-History Etiquette

A) The HQ ADCs will transmit written instructions to the different elements under his command as a rule. Naturally, in appropriate circumstances, ADCs may transmit their dispatches orally.

B) Officers are to have some form of writing paper and pencil with them. This will be required when performing camp duties and writing dispatches or reports whilst in the field.

C) Whilst in camp, officers are to be waited upon by soldiers issued from their ranks, these are known as “batmen” and are organised as follows: 1 batman per infantry/train/cavalry officers and 2 batmen to be assigned on a rota basis to the HQ.

D) Officers are not to cook their own meals, construct their own shelters or do their own washing-up. It is the responsibility of the “batman” on duty to carry out these tasks. However, it goes without saying that the ingredients are supplied by the officers for their meals.

E) Drummers and trumpeters are, in the field, attached to their respective arms and under their officer’s control. In camp, whilst living and messing with their sections, are under the command of the HQ and perform the camp calls for the detachment as a whole.

F) Proper lines of communication, in camp particularly, are to be observed: HQ talks to officer commanding an arm, who then speaks to NOC who in turn speaks to soldiers.

G) Campaign officers’ meetings are to be conducted at the HQ bell tent and are to consist solely of the following: Commander-in-chief, ADCs, cavalry commander, infantry commander and train commander. No other person may participate and it is the duty of the commanders to organize their arms as best they can in line with the C-in-C’s decisions.

H) Follow instruction and orders from your assigned superior and not your “group leader”. These roles are given by the organisor to individuals that can best carry out their missions and that try to equally re-create these pivots of military life.

I) Address your superiors using their title and not their names (e.g. Say “sarge” or “sir” instead of “Ian” or “Jan”) and observe proper etiquette and behavior as necessary.

J) When in the field, be it on the march or at the halt, it is the officers’ responsibility to put in place pickets in order to secure the detachment. When in camp, it is the HQ’s responsibility to not only establish pickets but also to organize the rotas of the guard and night watch as well as the passwords.

K) Foraging from the local population is positively encouraged as part of the living history experience. However, when returning to camp or your section, it is asked that the food you have foraged be rendered as historic as possible such as getting rid of the modern packaging, transferring beverages in bottles, etc.

L) Fraternisation with the enemy during the event is not permitted, but there will be a chance to meet and greet after the event’s end. Reminder: Event runs from 07h00 on Saturday to 14h00 on Sunday.

M) Duties, ranks and commands:-

 Officers: In the field, they command the troops under their command directly. In the camp, they give instructions to their NCOs to carry out.
 NCOs: These will be considered as “acting sergeants”. In the field, they assist their officers and watch the troops. In the camp, they run a section and carry out their officer’s instructions.
 Apart for officers and NCOs, there are no other ranks of command within the troops, including corporals, at any time.

N) Bayonets are to be fixed throughout the event as if on an active campaign. Rifle bayonets are to be fixed as circumstances may require or demand. Participants are asked to be very vigilant in their arms drill and movements.

O) Ramming charges in muskets/rifles/carbines is left at the discretion of the individual groups.

P) If a messenger carrying a dispatch is captured, he is to hand over his dispatches to his captors and then be released.

Q) The officer of the train is responsible for the wagon train and artillery train. He alone orders the deployment of the artillery as well as everything that touches his wagon.

 Loading and unloading the wagon may only be carried out in the presence of the train officer and he must keep a record of everything that is placed on his wagon and taken from his wagon.
 The powder store and ration store is distributed by the wagon train crew under the orders and presence of the train officer.
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