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.
Everyone is invited to study as many of these videos and other documents as they can stand. Please read the introductory information so you understand why we think these items are critical, and do not hesitate to ask questions on the training section of the forum.
The vast bulk of the items are U.S. Unless otherwise stated, assume that.
Fieldcraft & Navigation
Navigation is among the most pivotal skill sets at East Wind. It does not matter how good of a warrior you are if you cannot get to the fight. Likewise, a small unit that is able to move quickly and accurately at night is almost impossible to catch. While you may think that nav is as easy as following the path, I assure you that you will not think that by the third or fourth time you get you ambushed.
Learn it, know it, do it. All of the time.
- Briefing Graphics - 13mb PPT on all types of US briefing graphics. Intended so you can make your own Powerpoint diagrams, but also a great list of all of them.
- Map Symbols video - DoD video from 1967.
- Sub Arctic Bivouac -
- Tying of knots -
- Equal to the Environment -
- East Wind Navigation Training:
- Using the USGI Compass, Part 1 - Video
- Using the USGI Compass, Part 2 - Video
- Introduction to Baseplate (1-2-3) Compasses - Video covering U.K. issue Silva and Suunto compasses.
- Baseplate (1-2-3) Compass Use at Night - Video
- Land Navigation - Lensatic Compass and Map Use - Video
- Protractor Use - Video
- Find Position on Map from MGRS Coordinates - Video
- UTM, MGRS and Location for Larger Scales - Video
- Declination - Video
- Location on Map to MGRS Grid Reference - Video
- GPS for Land Navigation - Part 1 - Video
- GPS for Land Navigation - Part 2 - Video
- GPS for Land Navigation - Part 3 - Video
- GPS for Land Navigation - Part 4 - Video
- Compass Navigation for Light Infantry Leaders - Slideshare.
- GPS for Light Infantry Leaders - Slideshare.
- East Wind training and event maps - Page listing PDF files for viewing and printing.
- Grid, Distance, and Elevation video - 1967 DoD video.
- Direction, Orientation, and Location With a Compass video - 1967 DoD video.
- Commercial GPS Receivers: Facts for the Warfighter - 2006 DoD video on the pitfalls of using commerical GPS receivers.
A dizzying array of period-correct, military-issue communications equipment is deployed with East Wind. The good news here is that most of it is well designed and easy to use so you really do not have to know that much to actually use it in the field. None the less, the more you know, the better you generally are at putting this equipment to work for you. Here you will find a series of period correct videos covering both the basics of how radio works as well as the use of some of our primary communication systems. Additionally, our TM database provides the manuals on most of our primary systems in downloadable .pdf format so that you can read up on them if you'd like.
- Principles and Practice of Operations:
- Principals of Frequency Modulation video - DoD video from 1964.
- Basic Telephony video - DoD video from 1961. Field phones, heavily used at East Wind, are simple telephones.
- Communicating Right - GTA 11-01-006, PDF of a modern U.S. Army reference card training aid. Includes prowords, simple tips on security and so on.
- Send a Radio Message - GTA 11-01-007, PDF companion to the above. I'd get them both.
- Armor Communications - Electronics Data - U.S. Army Manual ST 24-18-1, July 1978. Covers many principles of tactical communications use for the East Wind era.
- FM 24-18 - Single Channel Radio Communications - 1987
- Radiofrequency Equipment:
- PRC-77 manual - TM 11-5820-667-12, Technical Manual, Operators & Organizational Maintenance, Radio Set PRC-77. 1987
- PRC-77 video - How to use the PRC-77 radio.
- VRC-12 Operations Video -
- SEM 52A Manual - West German tactical radio. Manual in German, but pretty usefully illustrated.
- PRC-351 & -352 - Scanned copy of the UK MoD User Handbook for Radio Stations UK/PRC-351 and UK/PRC-352, May 1977.
- Proper Use of the RC-292 Antenna - Scanned article from Fall 1985 edition of Army Communicator magazine.
- User Handbook for Radio station UK/PRC-349 - Scanned copy, July 1978.
- AN/PRC-128 Manual - Radio Set AN/PRC-128, RP Power Amplifier, and Adapter Group OF-185/PRC, Original from January 1991.
- Wireline Equipment:
- TA-312 - Article from PS Magazine on PM and repair of the TA-312 Field Phone.
- TA-312 Parts - Additional information from PS Magazine with parts list for the TA312 phone.
- Field Phone Wire - Longer article from PS Magazine about field phone wire.
- Field Phone Wire PM - Article from PS Magazine on conducting PM and recovery of field phone wire.
- Field Phone Wire Splicing - Article from PS Magazine with additional information on splicing wire.
- SB22 Battery Holder - Article from PS Magazine with parts and maintenance tips for the unusual battery holder for the SB22 Switchboard.
- RL31 - Article from PS Magazine on the RL31 Reel.
- RL39 - Article from PS Magazine on the RL39 Reel, focusing on difficultly maintaining this unit as it is very old.
- RL39 - Article from PS Magazine on the RL39 Reel, slightly different from above.
- Data Terminal & Computing Equipment:
Everyone tends to falsely assume that all their personal equipment is just silly old stuff with weird features. The fact of the matter is, all of this equipment was designed to work together as a system and you'll probably be surprised at some of the clever features that are built into it all. Knowing your equipment will help you set it up better, and use it better in the field.
- This is Your Ballistic Helmet - Manual on the fitting, care and use of the PASGT helmet. Use this! An ill-fitting helmet is no good.
- Care and Use of Individual Clothing and Equipment - FM 21-15, 22 Febuary 1985. Basic repairs, general cleaning, and use of the uniform, boots, gas mask, armor, web-gear, shelter-half, sleep system, etc. Everyone should read this to understand all the gear they have and are bringing to East Wind.
- Wear and Appearance of Army Uniform & Insignia - AR 670-1, 3 Febuary 2005, but still has BDU, etc. THE reference for where to put nametapes, and everything else about proper wear of every uniform item.
Combat Skills, Weapons & Marksmanship
As stated earlier, East Wind assumes you have a certain minimum degree of competency in basic fieldcraft and combat skills. What we provide here should not be taken as a definitive or complete listing, but just a refresher, or helpful baseline for the types of small unit skills you are likely to employ.
- Soldier's Manual (US) - Modern (1 March 2000) manual for 11B/C/H/M combat tasks. Includes zeroing the rifle, positional shooting, and so forth.
- Warrior Program Handbook (Canada) - Basically period-correct (1 Sept 1996) Training for War, Volume 2, Field Training Regulations, Supplement 5 (English). Covers rank and structure, use of force, treatment of prisoners, Operation of weapons, fieldcraft, battlecraft, communications, NBC, first aid and more.
- Radiation Effects Chart
- USAF Rifle Training Program - Modern (21 May 2004) manual "Combat Arms Training Programs: Individual Use Weapons"
- IR Laser Safety - Presentation specifically on the PEQ2, but if you have an IR laser of any sort, a good reminder of some of the safety ranges and other guidelines.
- Laws of Armed Conflict video - 1978 US DoD video.
- Rifle Marksmanship video - 1999 USMC video "Fundamentals of Rifle Marksmanship."
- AR-15 Rifle Training Guide - FM23-9, 1989 guide on the AR-15. Disregard the operation of the gun, and it has lots of training details, to include range commands and layout.
- Introduction to the Dragon Weapon System - Long but very low resolution (and no sound) promotional video on the Dragon ATGW.
- The TOW Project - Late 1980s overview of the TOW ATGW system and its variants.
Night Vision, Night Operations, & Sensing
Among the equipment provided at East Wind are various sensors, from individual night vision units, to thermal imagers and seismic detectors. Many of these are personally owned, and may not be present at any particular event. They may also be issued only to certain individuals, certified in their use (partly because they are very expensive). As a baseline regarding their operation, as an introduction to any hands-on training and for general interest, and number of general training resources and the manuals for the specific equipment we employ are listed below:
- General Use & Operation Principles
- Generations of Night Vision - Simple GIF illustrating differences in generations of night vision. 785 mb, and not hosted at a video site. May be best to download to your computer to watch.
- Night Sensor Summary - Article summarizing night vision and thermal imaging history and use, from the UK point of view. Goes into some detail on operating characteristics. Unattributed, but appears to be shortly after the 1990-91 Gulf War, so period correct.
- Night Vision Techniques video - TF-7 4121, 1969, also covers use of the Metascope and Starlight Scope.
- Driving with NODs - FM 21-305, also blackout instructions for vehicle operation.
- Soldier's Manual - Modern (1 March 2000) manual for 11B/C/H/M combat tasks. Includes use of NODs, include period-correct PVS-5 and -7 series.
- Orion 80
- AN/PVS-2 & AN/TVS-2
- AN/PVS-5 Series
- Thermal Imagers
- X-150 Manual - Operators Manual for the Raytheon/L3 Thermal Eye X-150xp. This is not a period-correct unit.
- Probeye 650 PDF Manual - The Hughes Probeye 650 is a period-correct Thermal Imager. This is an operation and use manual made for use of the unit at East Wind.
- PAS-7 Manual - OPERATOR'S MANUAL VIEWER, INFRARED AN/PAS-7, 1976
- Radar Sets
- AN/PPS-5 video - DoD video titled "RADAR SET AN/PPS-5 - OPERATION AND MANPACKING" from 1968. This is a tactical (battalion-level) ground surveillance radar.
- Acoustical Detection
- PEWS Manuals - Zip archive of the operation, maintenance and other manuals for the PEWS, a passive seismic intruder detection system.
Here you will find information regarding some of the event supporting infrastructure like tents, heaters, generators etc. While most attendees probably do not need to know all of this stuff, we provide it as a resource to those attendees who are interested in purchasing their own period correct military tents or heaters. Any attendees who will be billeting in a heater equipped tent should make it a point to seek out the manual and any information on the heater in use so that they have an idea how the system works. Used correctly, heaters are a positively wonderful experience. Used incorrectly, they are at best annoying and at worst, deadly.
- Tents & Flys
- GP Tent Manuals - TM 10-8340-211-13 manual for GP Small, GP Medium, GP Large
- MCP - TM 10-8340-225-10 Standardized Integrated Command Post System Tent Command Post, similar to the Modular Command Post
- MGPTS - TM 10-8340-240-12&P Operator, Unit and Direct Support Maintenance Manual for Modular General Purpose Tent System (MGPTS) Small, Medium and Large.
- MGPTS - TM 10-8340-240-12&P(2) Operator's and Unit Maintenance Manual, Including Repair Parts and Special Tools List for Modular General Purpose Tent System (MGPTS) Small, Medium and Large.
- Soldier Crew Tent - TM 10-8340-226-13&P
- 10-Man Arctic - TM 10-8340-222-10 Technical Manual and Operators Manual
- 5 Man Crew Tent - TM 10-8340-226-13&P Operator, Unit and Direct Support Maintenance Manual for Five Soldier Crew Tent (FSCT)
- Maintenance Fly - TM 10-8340-208-13 Vehicle Maintenance Tent
- Screening Systems
- Ultralight Camo Net - TM 5-1080-250-12&P ULTRALIGHTWEIGHT CAMOUFLAGE NET SYSTEMS (ULCANS)
- Lightweight Camo Net - TM5-1080-200-13&P LIGHTWEIGHT CAMOUFLAGE SCREEN SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS
- TM 3-1040-276-10 - Generator, Smoke, Mechanical: Pulse Jet, M3A4 Operator's Manual
- TM 3-1040-276-23 - Generator, Smoke, Mechanical: Pulse Jet, M3A4 Maintenance Manual
- FM 3-101-1 - Smoke Squad/Platoon Operations: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
- M1941 series & Yukon Heaters - Manual TM 10-4500-200-13, 2.3 mb PDF
- Space Heater Large - TM 9-4520-257-12&P manual for Hunter SHL heater H45
- Space Heater Arctic - TM 10-4520-261-12&P manual for Hunter SHA heater
- Older heaters - 10-4500-200-13 manual for all older generation heaters, such as "pot belly," Yukon, & Immersion Heater
- Space Heater Small - TM 10-4520-263-12&P manual for Hunter SHS heater
- Swingfire Heater - Swingfire Heater Operation, Organizational Repair Parts, and Care and Maintenance Procedures
- DC Motors & Generators - 1961 DOD Video on DESIGN, APPLICATION, AND OPERATION OF BASIC, SERIES, SHUNT, AND COMPOUND WOUND TYPE DC GENERATORS AND MOTORS.
- AC Motors - 1961 DOD Video on DESIGN, OPERATION, AND USE OF SINGLE AND MULTIPHASE AC GENERATORS AND MOTORS - OPERATION OF GENERATOR WITH STATIONARY ARMATURE - 0PERATION OF SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR.
- MEP 531A - TM-9-6115-673-13-P manual
- 1.5 kw Generator - Supporting documentation for the MEP15 & MEP25 generators
- 2 kw Generator - TM 9-6115-673-13&P Field Manual and supporting documentation for the MEP-531A and MEP-501A generators
- Field Kitchen Equipment
- Water Storage and Distribution
- Tank, Fabric, Collapsible; Air Column Supported, Open Top, Water Storage, 3,000 Gallons - Operator's and Unit Maintenance Manual
Vehicles & Material Handling
A number of vehicles are employed at East Wind. This is posted more as a service to those who are looking at purchasing their own NATO vehicle for East Wind or those who are just interested in the vehicles in general. Vehicles are privately owned, and should have all PM completed, so you are unlikely to be pressed into service to maintain a vehicle in the field, except as muscle power to remove one from a ditch, and so forth.
Drivers of vehicles must be specifically pre-authorized. Do not think just because you watched all the videos, you are now certified to operate any of these vehicles.
- Hydraulic Brake video -
- Principals of Hydraulic Steering video -
- Principals of Air Brakes video -
- All Terrain Vehicle Test video - DoD video, Operation Swamp Fox II, 1964.
- Driving with NODs - FM 21-305, also blackout instructions for vehicle operation.
- Series 1030 Heater - South Wind Fuel Fired Heater Manual
- UH 48 E - TM 9-4520-260-13 manual for shelter heater
- Painting procedures and patterns:
- Materials handling equipment & procedures:
- TM 9-2320-289-20 - Unit Maintenance Manual for all 1000-series CUCVs
- TM 9-2320-266-34 - DIRECT AND GENERAL SUPPORT MAINTENANCE MANUAL for M88x-series 5/4-ton trucks
- TM 9-2320-289-34 - Intermediate Maintenance Manual for all 1000-series CUCVs
- TM9-2320-289-10 - Operators Manual for all 1000-series CUCVs
- M151 Power Pack Removal - DoD video, M151 ENGINE FOUR CYLINDER OHV PART I (1962)
- TM 9-2320-218-10 - Operators Manual for M151A1 (Old)
- TM 9-2320-218-10 - Operators Manual for M151A1/A2 and Variants (March 1983 Edition)
- TM 9-2320-218-20 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M151A1, M151A2
- TM 9-2320-218-20-1-1 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M151A2 Part 1
- TM 9-2320-218-20-1-2 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M151A2 Part 2
- TM 9-2320-218-34-1 - Direct Support and General Support Maintenance Manual for Truck, 1/4-Ton, 4x4, M151A2 Series
- TM 9-2320-218-34P - Direct Support and General Support Maintenance Repair Parts and Special Tools List for Truck, 1/4-Ton, 4x4, M151A2 Series
- LO 9-2329-218-12 - Lube Order for M151A2
- Iltis (Volkswagen Type 183)
- M-5-02 Component Removal and Installation - (No title page) C-30-108-000/MP-001
- M880 series Cargo Truck (and Ambulance), 1-1/4 ton 4x4 and M890 series 4x2 (Dodge)
- M44 series 2-1/2 ton trucks (e.g. M35A2)
- TM 9-2320-361-10 - Operators Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks
- TM 9-2320-209-20-3-1 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 1
- TM 9-2320-209-20-3-2 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 2
- TM 9-2320-209-20-3-3 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 3
- TM 9-2320-209-20-3-4 - Organizational Maintenance Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 4
- TM 9-2320-209-34-1 - Troubleshooting Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 1
- TM 9-2320-209-34-2-1 - Troubleshooting Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 2
- TM 9-2320-209-34-2-2 - Troubleshooting Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 3
- TM 9-2320-209-34-2-3 - Troubleshooting Manual for M44A2 Series 2-1/2 Ton Trucks, Part 4
- 5 ton