The Battle Of Pork Chop Hill
Being a professional paintball player I have played on fields all over the world and on all kind of set ups. I have competed in 10 man, 7 man, 5 man, and Xball formats of all kinds, but all of these formats have one thing in common. The fields are FLAT!!!!
Woods ball and Scenario paintball events have one decisive difference than tournament paintball have, you are not just playing against your opponents a lot of times you are playing against the terrain. This only adds to the fun. And the bruises, scrapes, and tissues to wipe away my tears.
The Scenario of the weekend was the Battle of Pork Chop Hill where on March 23, through April 18 1953 the US army defended, lost, counter attack, regained and then finally charged down the hill in a surprise attack to finally clear the field of battle of all the Chinese attackers. The US casualties amounted to 243 KIA 916 wounded and 9 captured; the Chinese suffered an estimated 1,500 dead and 4,000 wounded. The battle centered on the peak of the hill with the high ground changing hands multiple times.
On April 9-10, 2011 800 players and teams from across the East Coast converged on the historic United States Army training academy West Point to re create the battle paintball style. Usually the only way through the gates of this famous institution is with a Senatorial recommendation, or a paid sporting ticket. We were lucky enough to get on the base with just our paintball gear and willingness to climb the biggest baddest hill I have ever encountered. Our goal as outnumbered Blue Team, (the Americans), commanded by General Eric Engler the first day was to climb the hill and take the Red teams Base (The Chinese) led by Douglas Decker.
The Battles were intense but most of the time the fighting was from long range so the key to getting the eliminations as stealth. You needed great camo and a long-range straight shooting marker. Good thing I had the best of both worlds with my DYE cam and my 2011 NT. Don’t take my word for it watch some of the head cam action or ask a couple of the red team members. I have to give credit to both teams, battling up and down that hill for two days was exhausting, just staying on the field was a war itself. By the end of the first day the Red team had the lead, and even though the Blue team pushed and pushed down the hill the second day we were not able to overcome the red teams lead. The West Point Cadets did an amazing job reffing the event, there was not one firefight that went on without a cadet sprinting up and down the Hill to check all of the players. Hard work like that shows why they are in the best military school in the world. PMI supplied excellent paint. As always seen at scenario events teams camped out and enjoyed stories of the day’s battlers over burgers and beers on the West point campgrounds. I can’t wait until the fall classic this time I will focus a little more on the stair climber at the firehouse to get ready for the big “H”.
Make sure you check out some head cam shots for some creepy crawly sniping action.
See everyone next time with my recap from Supergame 41!!!
Pete “Mr.U” Utschig