River Battle 2008

This year's River Battle will be held on December 13th, 2008 at Fort Bellefontaine Park

We have had at least 14 battles at this site along the Missouri river and it is known as a good one day battle. This will be a general ETO battle. There are a lot of forest like areas, a creek, some ravines, and several abandoned buildings and old bridges to fight over.

This event will be held regardless of the weather. The 2007 battle went off without a hitch and there was 2" of ice covered snow! This year, the weather is looking to be better. That said, prepare for anything.

There is, as usual, quite a bit of interest in this event and we should have at least 100 attendees. Please arrive on time and be courteous to all staff members and listen to their direction.

There will be a Ranger MP at the gate to direct you to parking and registration if you are unsure where to go please look for the posted signs or ask any member you see at the location.

Please contact us if you have any questions.



If you have any questions about any of the requirements below please contact a Board Member or the Event Coordinator


Participants must be over 18 - if under 18 they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


The Battle fee is $15. Please have your money in hand when coming up to the gate. No discounts will be issued.


All items must be period correct. That includes your uniform, hair style, accessories (glasses are the exception), vehicles, weapons, et. al. If you have questions contact a board member or the Event Coordinator and request a review of your questionable item.

Unit leaders must provide an approximate number of attendees to the President or Event Coordinator so we know how many to expect.



This itinerary is subject to change. Please revisit this page often for any changes.


             1800 - Early Registration for All Night Scenarios

Patrols and skirmishes will last all night. This is new but a lot of effort will be put into realism and safety. If anyone is interested in this please contact the President or Event Coordinator before December 1st as extra coordination will be required for this to work. We especially need a German contact who will coordinate.


             0700 - Gates Open

0700 - 0900 - Registration, safety, authenticity, and hair standards checks. Do not come out if your impression is not right.

             0900 - Formation (Those not ready can enter the battle area after the first scenario.)

1000 - 2300 - This event could go until late, be prepared to stay as long as is necessary. Help cleaning up is appreciated.



To get to the park from highway 270 in North St. Louis County take exit 32, Bellefontaine rd., and go North 4.2 miles to the end of the road. Bellefontaine Road will dead end at the park.



Period correct vehicles are encouraged. Tanks and halftracks are welcome.

In the past a vehicle was not allowed to participate because it was not correct. Make sure your equipment is correct before dragging it out there.



Pyro will be allowed on a case-by-case basis.

The safety committee will have the last say and will consider the dryness of the woods and appearance of the device. Their decision is final.



There will be non period camping on Friday night in the parking area. If there is enough interest we will get camping opened up along the river.



There will be a vendor area set up for sales right after the battle. Please no sales before the battle because it slows things down.


Things to think about:

Bring more water than you think you will need.

Dress for the weather - be it rain, shine, or snow.

Bring extra clothes and blankets should yours become saturated with snow or water.


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