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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.

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.

San Miguel MvM 8-98

Filed by Michael G. Shanks
Fort San Miguel – August 29, 1998
AAR: This was a Marauder against Marauder game.

Sunday August 29, 1998 was a slow day at Fort San Miguel compared to our average combat day. The turnout of players was light and even many of the Marauders were absent. Most notably absent was Wizard and the 4th Squad regulars such as Brain and the recently returned Doc.

Wizard usually brings a stock of paintballs from the supply depot. When the question of ammo came up for a few people, Commander McBragg resolved the problem by jumping into his truck and going on a supply mission to J&S Surplus.

The Opposition Force for the day was made up of Brutal-Bob’s stepson Steven, Brain’s “pinch-hitter” Joe and Aaron, who is from Washington and started coming out to our field during the summer. Bob and his son Bob arrived and a few of the guys from the paintball team, S.C. DoggPound showed up. Other arrivals were Bruce and a handful of local players who know where they can find a good game every other Sunday!