How would you like to experience 9 days of 100%, full immersion life as a soldier of the DDR (East Germany) or NATO Forces outside Berlin, Circa Cold
War period and as things may have turned Hot? Authentic to all the important details and a genuine experience from start to finish?
As a participant at East Wind you will know the feeling of walking out on a multi day patrol, the sound of a truck delivering your hot food (if
you are lucky) and the sights and sounds of dark forest seemingly teeming with the enemy around your little patrol base in the black of night. You
will use night vision, you will use mines, you will ride in military trucks and armored personnel carriers, you will be supported by armor and you
will use period correct comms equipment. You will know the boredom of a 03:00 guard shift and the sinking feeling in your stomach when that shift
suddenly stops being boring. You will know the true value of a hot drink on a cold rainy day, you will learn to lament T-rations, you will know the
joy of walking into the mess tent and smelling hot A-rations. You will know how lonely the world can be when your little outpost is under attack and
you know that the nearest help is way too far away.
What this doesn't cover in the space I can quote and why I figured this might be the forum to share it is that these guys aren't kidding about being
serious. It's an Airsoft "Milsim" or Military Simulation. 24 hours, no regard to weather conditions on that, and everything authentic to time
They offer training events on a monthly basis to certify in different areas like radio operation ...at a real operating level.. before you can do that
'job' at this annual event for your simulated deployment. Authentic means you need to understand and be functional using the equipment and the
Airsoft guns are only part of it. Also, just from my relatively little experience in primitive camping when I was younger, for a week or more and with
long guns...it won't be as nifty as much as a pain in the butt for that particular aspect. It's all the equipment to a field deployment in a
building combat environment by the sound of reading the information.
It says digging your night positions is also part of the experience ...and Latrines don't dig themselves in this simulation.
East Wind Expectations
I think they repeat the statement that this event is not for everyone a dozen or more times around the site, while also saying they've had combat
vets go through and have a very deep and interesting experience.
As a DDR Soldier......
As a NATO Soldier......
Operation East Wind is set in the DDR (East Germany) specifically the area surrounding the enclave of West Berlin. As a Warsaw Pact soldier in
this time frame you would be finding yourself surrounded by a period of great flux. You are most likely a draftee serving your mandatory 2 years of
military service, it is entirely likely that you are not getting paid regularly, there is considerable...
As a NATO soldier in the Berlin District will find yourself as part of an elite brigade surrounded on every side by the full might of the Warsaw
Pact. If the Cold War went hot, your job was to hold out as long as you can and make the enemy pay for every brick, stick and curb in blood. It was
common knowledge that there was to be no such thing as a victory for the Berlin garrison...
Operation East Wind
The event is actually located in Wyandotte, Oklahoma and held in D-Day Adventure Park
, which is apparently over
100 acres of space by one description I saw on their site.
Registration is shown as being open for next year's event and it happens in March, apparently. The
y shows they've been doing this a number of years and so I would
imagine they have the kinks and bugs worked out of it pretty well by now.
It looks like a real blast for folks who would find this sort of thing fun, as well as a 'No Kidding'
wake up experience to taste what
extended periods without any
conventional services or creature comforts may be like, while still expected to do everything this talks about for
a 'round the clock 24hr deployment schedule.
Please do check out the site if it piques your interest. I found this through the submission of a user at the site I work at, tossed up for folks to
check out over there. After spending time looking at the extensive site they have for this thing, I couldn't think of a better thing than sharing it
Look like fun? Perhaps beneficial?