East Wind offers challenges unlike what you will find at any other airsoft, or reenactment event. As such, a primary focus of our training is to prepare you for the parts of this event that are different from other events. We do not seek to train you to fight, to a certain degree, we are willing to assume that if you are serious enough to attend East Wind, you've probably got a lot of that stuff locked down.
Additionally, some time is generally spent in the beginning part of the event with individual units working on tactics and drills to make sure that everyone is on the same page anyhow. What we instead are seeking to do here is provide resources that will help you be adapted to the specific environment you will find yourself in at East Wind. Please choose from the following categories, read up, watch the videos, pay attention, get out and practice. I assure you, 0200, three miles from base, in the middle of a snow storm is not the time to figure out that you do not know night land navigation.
Training Event Schedule
Hands on experience is the best way to get much of this really stuck in your brain. There is no way to learn like actually hiking through the woods in the dark, leading a patrol to an objective or tuning a radio.
In fact, certifications are given for various skillsets. Without them, you cannot do certain tasks, like operate a radio at East Wind. To get the most out of your experience, please plan on attending at least the basic training events listed. And for those who are already experienced, we are making arrangements to add more challenges to your training. If you think you know the skillset, just tell us, and we'll give you a special surprise.
Before attending any training, please review the relevant materials in the training library below.
Event calendar will be posted momentarily
The East Wind Training Command Center offers a variety of information designed to help participants get the most out of their Soviet/East Bloc impression. Most of this information is gained from a combination of actual Soviet field manuals and first hand field experience. By putting both of these sources together, we are able to provide you an in depth explanation of tactics and techniques to help you get the most from your East Wind experience.
Below you will find articles and training manuals designed to prepare you for East Wind WARPAC participation.
- East Bloc Communications Systems Information
- East Bloc Light Leadership Course
- East Bloc Basic Warrior Course
- Understanding Soviet Maps - 8.6 MB PDF
- Fighting Positions
- Guide for making and sewing in collar liners
Mission Planning and Briefing
Soldiers of any WARSAW Pact military force are expected to recieve and act on orders carefully constructed to guarantee success, based on the Soviet method of turning war into a science. Here you will find articles on mission planning and preparation.
- Mission Orders (MISORD) Lesson and Example
- Soviet Combat Norms - Numbers and formulas for calculating victory.
- Blank MISORD Template
Papers on tactics and doctrine for WARPAC forces.
These are articles on various gear and its proper use.
- Russian Petrol Stoves
- The Veshmeshok: a packing primer
- The Platsch-Palatka and You
- Soviet Foot Wrap (Portiyanki) Guide
Below are original manuals on various topics.
- BTR 152 repair manual
- ZIL 131 repair manual - Part 1
- ZIL 131 repair manual - Part 2
- East German manual for 3-color camo painting K 052/3/016
- R-148 Radio Manual
- Dec 1989 USAREUR Pamphlet on Soviet Tactical Planning Factors
Foreign Military Studies of Soviet Tactics and Doctrine: