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The Winery


Filed by Samuel Zentner
In World War Two, one of the largest and most costly battles was the fight over Stalingrad. This Russian City, named after the ruthless leader, put up such a fight that it spelled the beginning of the end for the German Army on the Eastern Front. In the spring of 1942, the 6th Army under General Von Paulus consisted of nine infantry divisions, five panzer divisions, and four motorized divisions. A total of 300,000 men attempted to take the city. Stalingrad was a major shipping and production center on the Volga River. More than 2,000,000 people died in the battle. Only 30,000 soldiers of the German’s Sixth Army returned.

Thin Green Line – Cisco receives the Marauders first Brass Ball

Cisco receives the Marauders first Brass Ball
Story Filed by: Michael G Shanks.
Dateline-Fort San Miguel
Sunday, December 20, 1998

Cisco carries the day and receives the Marauders first Brass Ball.
A rather sizable group of players stood at the fork in the trails, which often serves as a sort of dead-zone for those who have been eliminated but wish to observe the rest of the battle.

Thin Green Line – Unarmed Samurai Earns 2nd Silver

Unarmed Samurai receives the second Silver Ball in Marauder History
Filed by: Benjamin Tapia
June 10, 2005
Unarmed Samurai Takes Ft. Charlie – wins the second Silver Ball

It was the second battle of Ft. Charlie. 1st Squad was playing against the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (call-sign Marauders). Walk-ons were split between the forces. There were about 12 players per side. 1st squad would attack. Samurai received his orders to follow Predator, Sandman, Tanker, Metal Dragon, Punisher and Associate Player Scroggman on a long patrol over the berm and down river to the 11 O’clock jump-off point. The balance of the team would attack from the 3 O’clock. Samurai took the rear of the patrol hugging close to the river. When they reached the 11 O’clock position, Predator crept to the top of the Berm to check our position by peering over the top. The Marauders were waiting. A couple of shots rang out as Predator fell back. They continued down river until they could cross the slot undetected. As they had to over-shoot our 11 O’clock rendezvous point they continued to the 9 O’clock.

Thin Green Line

The Silver Ball
The Silver Ball is almost impossible to earn under normal combat conditions and the Scarlet Purple-Nickel can be rather painful. But before you start asking if you’ve earned a Silver Ball, the first Marauder ever to be nominated for one eliminated eleven men out of a sixteen man attack force while firing only four shots, and he lived to tell about it! So when you can out-do that, let me know. And give me the names of your witness’s.

The Silver Ball was once thought of by headquarters to be a mythical award that could be considered to be paintballs equivalent to The Congressional Medal of Honor. It was widely believed that there would never actually be a need to fabricate even a prototype for the award because the terms and conditions necessary to earn one were so impossibly high. Well…On that point, we were wrong!

Outnumbered & Surrounded

Filed by Charles Evans
The Island October 16th, 2005
AAR: Virus Volunteers for Command of Ops Force

Marauders were playing their favorite game. Outnumbered by as much as a
third and surrounded. Sunday October 16th, 2005.

Game 1
Sergeant Virus of the Marauders’ 3rd Squad Reporting.
Sunday October 16th, 2005 09:10 am I arrived at the Island. I talked to Predator he said we needed a volunteer to take command of the Opposition Force. All patch wearing Marauders were to hold Fort Charlie, I would have to shoot against my son ( Germ War Fair ) and new right hand ( Shadow Hawk ) because they are not team members. My number one rule, was not to break our crew up and/or shoot against each other, (This is limited to your small pals or family, not a whole team) so with this the case, it was no problem for me to take control of the Ops Force. It was confirmed that I would assume command and Predator made the announcement that Sergeant Virus of the Marauders would take command. He then offered me a battle map of the field. Prior to game one (attack Fort Charlie) I gathered the Ops Forces for a briefing. I knew as a Marauder this was not going to be easy at all; many have tried and failed time and time again, I first needed to make sure that I truly took command and to collect them into a group and see which players have played the field previously.

Malice in Bunker Land

Battle Report

Filed by Charles Evans,
Oroville Feb 6,7,8, 2009
AAR: Malice in Bunker Land

It’s Thursday morning, and Shadowhawk is fully prepared to make the long drive to Oroville, CA and the Combat Zone, for the TAW scenario event. Trailer in tow with the Guilty Pleasure Marauder tank. Following would be myself bringing Rasputin, an Ops force player for his first scenario event. Joining us would also be a Marauder recruit, Collateral
I showed up with high anticipation of being able to play with Team Jolt, who were 11 strong at my count. Then we Marauders had the following player attendance list of thirteen. One of which is an Ops force player, and one guest. MiniShadow. Havok, Redball, Pindar, Thermos, Shadowhawk, Virus, Big Dog, Little Dog, Sir Killalot, Rasputin, Killa Ranza, Collateral, and MiniShadow. Friday, I moved to make sure all my gear was staged and ready to go, new lens installed, that night, and made sure my gun, barrel plug, hopper, and gloves were ready to go in a second’s notice. I just needed to get my paint and ID badge and to chrono at 285 fps. My gun was shooting just at 284 at the top side. I was good to go.

Marauders Largest Battle

Filed by: Samuel Zentner
The Island June 12, 2005
AAR: Marauders Largest Battle

It was the largest game in Marauder History! A total of 66 players. (some estimated 80) TEAM LOCKDOWN came in from the Sacramento Area with 25 players. Only five Team Lockdown had been to the Island before, of these only one was present. The rest would have to learn this very complex playing field as they went along. After attacking in the first game against the largest MARAUDER FORCE ever assembled (27 patch-wearing Marauders showed up for the shootout), it was Team Lockdown’s turn to defend Fort Charlie. Marauders started at Fort Apache. They formed three strike teams. First and Fourth Squads would cross the Slot and proceed to the 10 and 11 O’clock positions of the Sand Berm cross the slot again and hit at the ridge of Fort Charlie’s 9’Oclock. (shown as red arrows) Second Squad would make the run from the 3 O’clock to split Lockdown’s guns between two directions and take the Alpha Bunker. (shown in yellow arrows) Third Squad would divert more fire from the 6 O’clock. (Shown in blue arrows) Third Squad was led by Camoman and took the majority of the walk-on associate players (non-marauders).

Christmas Hill 1st

Filed by Michael G. Shanks

Gilroy, CA
AAR: Christmas Hill – The First Trip

Christmas Hill in Gilroy, Ca. is a small square of land bordered by a road along one side and flat farm fields on the other three. Within this geographic postage stamp, the terrain rises into a small knoll. The high ground runs as a low ridge from the right corner of the road frontage and runs diagonally towards the center of the field. Rising slightly to a high point a little more than halfway across with the hillsides falling away gradually around the sides and slightly steep on the backside down to the level of the farm fields.

There’s an old wood and cinderblock building at the right rear corner of the field that looks as though it was bombed, shelled and fought over more than once.

With the exception of a small clump of trees and bushes along the right property border, there is not a great deal of brush cover. There is a scattering of individual trees, some of which are quite large and there are some artificial fortifications constructed out of brush, branches, tree limbs and anything that could be used in a hedgehog type of defense. There are also a number of rocky outcroppings and various dips and rolls in the ground that create some interesting breaks in the lines of sight. There’s even a couple of “fox-holes” here and there. This field is being great for short, fast paced squad action games.

First Amphibious Assault

Filed by Dallion 7th
BLACK FOREST- March 6, 2005
AAR: First Amphibious Assault

Marauders are known for executing outlandish grueling battle maneuvers. In the winter months you may find them crawling along muddy riverbanks and stepping over and under trees, limbs, branches, and rocks. They cross mud silt ponds. They have waded through chest deep cold river waters; carrying their guns overhead, silent and unseen. All for the enjoyment of an ultimate surprise attack. Today one would don a wetsuit and swim down the Parjaro River.

It was the first week of March, and it seemed that the last of the heavy winter storms had finally ceased. The sun had begun to burn through the early morning clouds, and low lying mist. On this day all those who had arrived at the Island were mostly Marauder Regulars.

Fort Ord – 1

Filed by Samuel Zentner
Fort Ord, Monterey
AAR: Ord – The First Trip

If we tried this in 1942 we would have been shot as spies. It was planned as a clandestine operation from the onset. That meant that we would have to enter Fort Ord without being seen. Thanks to the 1st squad having to gas-up(C02) on sight before we entered, we were pinpointed and detained by an agent of the Department of the Interior. After a short interrogation, we were allowed to pass. The agent’s main concern was if we had any firearms. But since we had all our hardware (pneumatic paint throwers) hidden in our kit she did not register an alarm.

The patrol was not easy. Everything that we needed had to be carried in. Gas, Balls, and Beverage. Wizard stayed behind and guided the uninitiated First Squad to he machine gun range that would be the game field. The trail was long. When we finally crossed the nearly one mile to get to the location, we climbed the last long grade to see a beautiful sight; acres and acres of top quality game field. An Army Corps of Engineers type of course that went forever. see photos Fort Ord