Jim et al:
As one of the organizers of 1st Battalion British North American Regiment
I'll give this one a kick. I suspect I speak for Barry when I say that 1BNAR
is quite willing to provide the structure you are seeking or suggesting.
The concept being to assist us all in our impression.
Off the field the policies are set by a council of unit commanders with the
Battalion commander chairing that committee. On the field there is but on
voice in command.
I realize that compared to some at nine years experience I'm still a babe in
the woods but If we are to grow we need to work together.
Member units of 1BNAR will remain their own unit as 1BNAR is built as a
battalion of composites. Join or don't as you wish. For the most part all of
1812 on the British side is playing on an informal basis anyway. We all look
good when we do.
I think it is the suspicion of Empire building that keeps us apart. That's
not on My agenda and nor is it on Barry's.
But I forget that many will not know that for the most part the British on
the field are generally commanded by Barry Sandler, late of the Kings 8th.
1BNAR gets it's jump in the year before Waterloo when we're all pumped to go
do the Big Red Machine. I believe that the time has come to put it in place.
Some units may not wish to join it or may leave after joining. So be it. Not
all British Napoleonic units are part of the NA.
At this time I have the job of Battalion second in Command and am tasked
with recruiting and training the Battalion. I have been in contact with
several members of this list and the 1812 Community and stand ready to
answer questions and/defend my point of view.
On the part of there being too many Officers. I will agree and disagree.
With any detachment of troops there is sound reason to be a junior officer
and the hobby could use a couple more tactically sound competent officers.
What we don't need are more Glitterati. If one wants to dress as an officer
for messing or social functions, fill your boots. If you can't run a unit on
the field or aren't prepared to get sued because of someone else's safety
mistake then please just be a ranker. We don't need a staff. There is only
one General and one Colonel in the British side of the house. If they want
an aid or two they'll recruit one I'm sure. I wrote an article for both
BNALHA and the camp stew some years ago on accreditation of officers and
nco's. I'll see if I can find it and throw it out to the wolves for comment.
Date: Sunday, November 01, 1998 7:17 PM
Subject: [WarOf1812] Free Spirits...
>Since it's that time of year, and in view of all the jokes about spirits of
one sort or another in the last day,
>I'd like to comment on one aspect of Roger Fuller's question that hasn't
been replied to. He's had plenty of suggestions re: 95th uniform making,
and I'm happy to see our New Zealander is finding something on the list that
interests her in her quest to find out about Sir Harry & the 95th...
>The point Roger made that I find of "universal" interest to all persons
reenacting in the 1812 time frame is the lack of a resource such as the BAR
etc. provides for Rev War, and I believe most other time periods do have
umbrella organizations of some sort or another. Some individuals in Brit
units in Upper Canada tried to organize a beastie called "BNALHA" (british
North America Living history Association, if my memory serves me correct) a
few years back, but the main impetus of it was to fight some pretty
draconian proposed Canadian gun control legislation ( a victory, incidently,
which we flintlock-types actually won) and it never really went anywhere
else. Now, Waterloo 2000 is forming the impetus for the 1BNA effort...
but what happens after Waterloo 2000?
>I'm kind of wondering why 1812 can't get its act together?
>The only observations I can suggest are:
>1) 1812 reenactors have for the most part never experienced directly the
benefits of umbrella organisations;
>2) 1812 reenactors are suspicious of umbrella organisations that might try
& tell them what they can do or can't do
>3) in particular, 1812 reenactors seem really paranoid about other
people/groups trying to "take them over" - whatever that means.
>I've also noticed that everyone in 1812 seems to want to be an officer. Or
at least a sergeant. I've seen numerous groups split up over command
issues - including the 41st, which has had major crises along these lines
with one major split. I can't really think of a single Brit 1812 "Upper
Canada" unit that's been in existence for more than a few years that hasn't
had a problem - some more severe than others, but life's too short to spend
it fighting with fellow reenactors!
>If units can't get their own command structure settled, I guess it's not
too likely that they'll voluntarily surrender some of their "autonomy"
(freedom to do a crap job if they feel like it?) to any larger organisation.
>There. Now I've opened Pandora's box, I expect... Seig Heil! I'm a
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