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2019 Breakout: Operation Cobra Reenactment in Chesterfield, MI (July 13-14)

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society and Chesterfield Historical Society

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

2019 Breakout: Operation Cobra Reenactment in...

Registration Information

Type Remaining End Quantity
Reenactor
For participants attending the event in uniform, setting up a display or participating in the battles.
149 Registrations Jun 29, 2019 Free  
Military Vehicle Owner or Display (Non Reenactor)
For participants attending the event with a display or military vehicle NOT intending to participate in uniform or in the battle reenactments. Please be sure to register EACH participant.
49 Registrations Jun 29, 2019 Free  

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Event Details

7th Annual
Breakout: Operation Cobra
July 13-14, 2019

The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society and the Chesterfield Historical Society are proud to once again present Breakout! Operation Cobra. For its seventh year, Breakout! is going to see a few changes. 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of 1944. To commemorate this, we'll be expanding the focus of the event to showcase military units and tactics from around the world during the Second World War. The morning will see several skirmishes set in the summer of 1944, featuring Commonwealth versus German infantry, soldiers of the Red Army versus the Germans, and a skirmish between U.S. Marines and Imperial Japanese infantry. The afternoon battle will still feature the breakout of Operation Cobra, pitting American soldiers against the Germans. As always, the encampment welcomes any impressions and displays dealing with the Second World War.

Please be sure to read through the following event rules. By registering to participate in this event, you are agreeing to follow them. 

Ticket Information

This ticket system through Eventbrite is for the reenactors and military vehicle displays only. The general public does not need to register or purchase advance tickets. Please only register once and each individual in a unit must register for themselves. Minors age 16 or 17 may participate in the battles with signed parental permission. Minors between the ages of 13 and 15 must have signed parental permission and may not handle firearms. The parental permission form will need to be signed during check in at the event. Please print and bring your Eventbrite ticket to the event. It will make check in smoother and quicker.

Please review our event waiver. On the order screen you will need to acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions. You will need to sign a copy of the waiver in order to participate. You can fill it out in advance or fill one out onsite when you register. 

For our event waiver PDF, Click Here

Event Schedule

Friday, July 12
1300 Setup Begins

Saturday, July 13
0900 Safety and Authenticity inspections and battle briefing conducted in camps.
1000 Encampment open to public.
1045 Take positions for first skirmish.
1100 Skirmishes begin followed by demo of uniforms and weapons while the next skirmish is setup.
1200 Lunch.
1345 Take positions for second battle.
1400 Battle followed by demo of uniforms and weapons.
1700 Closed to public.

Sunday, July 14
1000 Encampment open to public. Sunday service conducted by Chaplain Schwartz.
1045 Take positions for first skirmish.
1100 Skirmishes begin followed by demo of uniforms and weapons while the next skirmish is setup.
1200 Lunch.
1345 Take positions for battle.
1400 Battle followed by demo of uniforms and weapons.
1500 Closed to public.

Camping Guidelines

Reenactors and military vehicle owners/crew will be allowed to stay overnight in the encampment. You may begin setting up campsite as early as 1300 on Friday, July 12. Please check with the event staff before beginning camp setupPlease be sure to return the site as close to the condition you found it in prior to setting up as possible.

Clean drinking water and rest facilities will be provided for participants. Small cooking fires, solid fuel, propane and white gas grills are allowed, but no charcoal grills please. Please be sure to keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water on hand.

Phil Naud's field kitchen will provide lunch both days for registered participants. Please be sure to indicate during registration if you plan on partaking in the field kitchen lunch.

During the hours that the event is open to the public, we ask that you keep all modern items not dating to 1944 or earlier hidden from view. We also ask that there is no consumption of alcohol during public hours.

After hours, please be responsible. Underage drinking or operating of motor vehicles while under the influence will not be tolerated.

Once again, fox holes will be permitted in the "front line" area. Please retain the grass as best as possible for when you refill the hole after the event.

Authenticity Guidelines

Any authentic impression and display dating to the Second World War is permitted in the encampment area of the event. While in the encampment area, we ask that all military reenactors maintain a proper military bearing during public hours. This includes such details as wearing the uniform correctly (shirts buttoned and tucked in, correct headwear, etc.) and observance of military courtesy. Period haircuts are required for all participants in uniforms. If corrective eyewear is required, please make every effort that it is of a period design. Please keep ALL modern items hidden during public hours.

Reenactors may also spend the day (and night!) on the front lines in fox holes they've dug. While "manning the line" we ask that soldiers keep their helmets on and their weapons within arm's reach at all times. Frontline participants must also follow the battle uniform guidelines.

Reenactors wishing to participate in the battles must undergo a safety and authenticity inspection prior to participation and adhere to the following uniform guidelines. Efforts will be made to alot time, likely 10-15 minutes, between skirmishes to allow reenactors wishing to participate in multiple battles to change kits.

Operation Goodwood (Caen) Morning Battle Authenticity Guidelines

Commonwealth Army Infantry/Parachute Infantry
Uniform & Headgear:
Infantry or para uniform as appropriate for France in the summer of 1944.
Field Gear: As appropriate to your weapon and role. You are encouraged to leave packs in camp or your fox hole during the battle. If packs are worn, they must have some form of filler in them.
Weapon: SMLE, Bren or other Commonwealth issued weapon appropriate to your role. Please limit side arms to weapon crews and officers.

German Army Infantry
Uniform: Mid/late war wools or camouflage appropriate to branch of service.
Headwear: M40 or M43 caps, crusher caps for officers and N.C.O.s only. M35/40/42 helmet with or without brach appropriate cover.
Footwear: Jackboots or low boots with gamashen.
Gear: Belt with appropriate buckle, ammunition pouches appropriate to weapon, bread bag, canteen, bayonet or sidearm appropriate for rank, gas mask can and intrenching tool.
Weapon: K98k, G43, MP44, MG34, MG42. MP40s for troop leaders. Pistols for M.G. crews, Sani and troop leaders.

Operation Forager (Saipan) Morning Battle Authenticity Guidelines

U.S.M.C. Infantry
Uniform: P41 utilities preferred, P42 or mix of the two acceptable. Please, no summer khaki uniforms or P44 uniforms.
Headwear: M1 helmet with camouflage cover.
Footwear: "Boondockers" field shoes, with or without U.S.M.C. pattern leggings.
Field Gear: Belt appropriate to weapon, aid kit, two canteens, and possibly an intrenching tool or edged weapon. U.S.M.C. pattern preferred. WWI or Army contract components are acceptable. Jungle aid kits are in use by this time.You are encouraged to leave packs in camp or your fox hole during the battle. If packs are worn, they must have some form of filler in them.
Weapon: M1 rifle preferred. B.A.R., M1919, M1903, M1 carbine, or Thompson, as appropriate to your impression. Please limit side arms to weapon crews, Corpsmen and officers.

Imperial Japanese Army (24th Shidan) Infantry
Uniform: Type 98 khaki cotton uniform with wool collar tabs. 2/3 length underclothing (wooden or bakelite buttons) with tie trouser belt.
Headgear: Type 92 Helmet, preferrably with cover and/or net. Wool field cap, preferably with no havlock.
Footwear: Leather lowboots or jika tabi with light brown, knee length, wool puttees.
Field Gear: Leather waistbelt with dual leather pouches, rear reserve pouch w/oiler, cloth haversack, type 5 1 liter or type 98 2 liter canteen, type 30 bayonet with scabbard/frog. Tube or octopus pack is optional, must have filler.
Weapon: Type 38 or Type 99 Arisaka rifle.

Operation Bagration (Belorussia) Morning Battle Authenticity Guidelines

Red Army Infantry
Uniform: M43 summer cotton tunic with breeches.
Headwear: Pilotka side hat or optional (but encouraged) M40 helmet. M40 helmet can be a post-war Czech helmet with correct web chinstrap installed.
Footwear: Jackboots or low-boots (can be lend-lease British ammo boots or GI roughouts) with puttees.
Gear: Leather or canvas belt with roller-buckle, leather ammo pouches (no post-war kirza pouches), .7 liter canteen (post-war is fine), gas mask bag, entrenching tool.
Weapon: 91/30 Nagant Rifle, m38 or m44 Nagant carbine, SVT-40 rifle, PPSH 41 or 43 SMG, captured German weapons allowed.

German Army Infantry
Uniform: Mid/late war wools or camouflage appropriate to branch of service.
Headwear: M40 or M43 caps, crusher caps for officers and N.C.O.s only. M35/40/42 helmet with or without brach appropriate cover.
Footwear: Jackboots or low boots with gamashen.
Gear: Belt with appropriate buckle, ammunition pouches appropriate to weapon, bread bag, canteen, bayonet or sidearm appropriate for rank, gas mask can and intrenching tool.
Weapon: K98k, G43, MP44, MG34, MG42. MP40s for troop leaders. Pistols for M.G. crews, Sani and troop leaders.
Captured PPsh41 acceptable for this battle only.

Operation Cobra (Normandy) Afternoon Battle Authenticity Guidelines

U.S. Army Infantry
Uniform: O.D. service uniform preferred. O.D. & camouflage fatigue uniforms with O.D. service shirt acceptable if appropriate to impression. Field jacket optional. Please, no khaki service uniforms, M-1943 uniforms or M-1942 paratrooper uniforms.
Headwear: M-1 helmet with optional net.
Footwear: Reverse upper field shoes with leggings preferred. Type II service shoes with leggings acceptable, as well as limited numbers of paratrooper boots. No buckle combat boots.
Field Gear: Belt appropriate to weapon, aid kit, canteen, and possibly an intrenching tool or edged weapon. You are encouraged to leave packs in camp or your fox hole during the battle. If packs are worn, they must have some form of filler in them.
Weapon: M1 rifle preferred. B.A.R., M1919, M1903, M1 carbine, or Thompson, as appropriate to your impression. Please limit side arms to weapon crews and officers.

German Army Infantry
Uniform: Mid/late war wools or camouflage appropriate to branch of service.
Headwear: M40 or M43 caps, crusher caps for officers and N.C.O.s only. M35/40/42 helmet with or without brach appropriate cover.
Footwear: Jackboots or low boots with gamashen.
Gear: Belt with appropriate buckle, ammunition pouches appropriate to weapon, bread bag, canteen, bayonet or sidearm appropriate for rank, gas mask can and intrenching tool.
Weapon: K98k, G43, MP44, MG34, MG42. MP40s for troop leaders. Pistols for M.G. crews, Sani and troop leaders.

Please note that these regulations are ONLY for the battles. Any authentic display and impression dating to the Second World War from any branch of service, nation and theater of war is welcome in the encampment area.

The event staff reserves the right to reject anyone from participating in the event who fails to comply with these guidelines.

Safety Guidelines

During the battle reenactments, please keep safety in mind. We want everyone to have fun, but we also want you to be able to go back home on Monday, not to the Emergency Room.

Weapons used in the battle are to be in serviceable, well maintained condition. Blank adapters, when needed, are to be properly adjusted and tightened to the weapon. Absolutely NO live ammunition is to be brought to this event. Dummy ammunition is permissible in displays as long as it is clear that it is deactivated (ie: holes drilled in the case, no primer, crimped training rounds, etc.).

During the battles, be aware of where your muzzle is. Do not fire your weapon directly at people who are at close range. Blanks can cause hearing loss as well as serious injury.

Hand to hand combat is only permitted if planned prior to the battle and the coordinators are made aware.

Please keep in mind that the venue is in a residential neighborhood. We ask that there be no weapons fire outside of the pre-planned battle/demonstration times. If you need to "dial in" a blank adapter, please let the coordinators know and we will try to set aside a time prior to the battle for everyone to do so.

Historic Note of Interest

American units that took part in Operation Cobra: 1st Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Division, 29th Infantry Division, 30th Infantry Division, 35th Infantry Division, 90th Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Division, 3rd Armored Division, 4th Armored Division.

German units involved in Operation Cobra: 152nd Infantry Division, 153rd Infantry Division, 2nd Parachute Corps, 5th Fallschirmjager, 116th Panzer Division, 2nd SS Panzer Division, 17th SS Panzer Division, Panzer Leer.

FAQ

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Please bring your Driver License or State ID. Minors age 16 or 17 may participate in the battles with parental permission and have signed consent form. Minors between the ages of 13 and 15 must have parental permission and may not handle firearms. The parental permission form will need to be signed during check in at the event.

Why do I have to register for the event?

Registration for the event greatly helps our small staff plan for the event. For example, this means making sure the camp layout allows for units and spectators to move with ease, there is enough food for meals, battles can be scripted to make use of everyone. To help our staff, make sure to register so we can get an accurate head count of those wishing to attend. We understand that life can change plans. If you are registered, but unable to attend, please make the changes in Eventbrite or email one of the coordinators. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
To make it easier for event staff, please bring your printed ticket to the event so it can speed up check in. If you forget, staff will have a master list to check your name off. Just make sure to register to get event imformation and meal tickets.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is very close to the encampment. Friday and Saturday morning will allow for reenactors and vehicle owners to drive their personal vehicle into the camp to transport or drop off suppliers. At least 20 minutes before the events starts, ALL personal vehicles MUST be removed from the encampment.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
For the most part, anything that you need in order to camp overnight is welcome. If it is not an original or accurately reproduced item dating to or before summer 1944, it should be kept out of sight during the public hours. Absolutely no live ammunition is to be brought to the event. If you are worried about an item, contact one the organizers and we will let you know if it is appropriate for the event. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Feel free to send any questions to Joshua Kuligowski at joshuakul@yahoo.com or Joe Coppens at joecoppens@me.com, or hit us up on Facebook.

Can I update my registration information or make changes?
You can update information until Saturday, June 29. At that time, registration will close so we are able to take a final tally for the event and the field kitchen. If anything comes up please email event staff. 

Is food provided?
Lunch on Saturday and Sunday are provided only to those who registered and selected that they would like to receive a meal voucher. There are many restaurants and stores (like Walmart, Meijer) that are within a few minutes of the event if you need to leave to get something.

More event info and current details are available at:

https://www.facebook.com/BreakoutChesterfield

http://www.mimths.org/reneact.html

Have questions about 2019 Breakout: Operation Cobra Reenactment in Chesterfield, MI (July 13-14)? Contact Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society and Chesterfield Historical Society
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Chesterfield Historical Village
47275 Sugarbush Road
New Baltimore, MI 48047

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)


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