War Stories and Other
Chapter 5: Bush Base

Copyright© 2014 by Dreaded

Logistics and set up

I have been asked to describe a typical base bush camp set up and how we went about it – Strange as it may seam but it is now a totally lost art as I have experienced over the last few years building Tourist Lodges in out of the way places...

There are a few very important people that have to be there to make things happen in comfort or else your camp is a grind – The CQMS (Quatermaster) is the pivot of the camp – if he is not jacked up life is very KAK!!! – We were lucky to have Chris Meyers who in my opinion was one of the best. The second most important lad is the cook – old but true saying is that an army marches on its stomach.

Base camps were generally set up within a square with a pushed soil Burm around it around 4 – 5m high. Bunkers were dug in in the corners and sandbagged with sleepers and conveyor belting.

The CQ had 3 to 4 Merc 4,5's with canvas canopies. Two of the CQ trucks were parked 6-8m apart with a canvas between them creating the kitchen. A large gas burner and trestle tables completed the kitchen. Gas freezers were leveled and lit. The third Truck was the canteen – Generally packed high with coke and beer!!! And 2 freezers!!!

OPS room truck and kitchen were both set up first with all hands on deck – Next was toilets (long drop & desert lily) showers and chow area. Long Drops were dug and 4 poles and Hessian wrapped around. Desert Lilies were dug in various troop areas as allocated. Showers were set up – these were a 20l drums with taps welded to the bottom with a shower rose. The hot water was from a 210l drum lying on a frame with a spout out the top of one side and a funnel at the top of the opp side with a pipe extending to the bottom of the inside of the drum. Fire underneath and hot water on demand...

There is more of this chapter...
The source of this story is Finestories

To read the complete story you need to be logged in:
Log In or
Register for a Free account (Why register?)

Get No-Registration Temporary Access*

* Allows you 3 stories to read in 24 hours.