Invasion of Normandy
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Forming up for battle, these paintball players prepare for this past weekend's re-creation of the Invasion of Normandy on the Skirnish grounds just off of Route 534 near Albrightsville.
With landing craft, tanks, obstacles, bunkers, and downed aircraft scattered about the "beaches," the "Allied" and "German" armies met once again on the field of battle Saturday and Sunday in Carbon County in a re-creation of the Invasion of Normandy.
With more than 4,000 paintball players participating, the action was spread out over a large area of the Skirnish paintball grounds off Route 534 near Albrightsville.
Short of real ammo and live bombs, the action was realistic and lively, going from noon Saturday until 10:30 p.m.
The action resumed again on Sunday at 9 a.m. and continued until 1p.m.
To score points to win the game, players had to retrieve specified props on the battlefield; as well as for capture and hold the enemy's base.
This was not an elimination game, meaning that when a player had been hit three times, rather than being "killed off," they simply left the playing field and returned to their original insertion point to once again re-enter the game.
There were about 30 vendors present on the grounds and each of them donated an item to be included in a huge player raffle on Sunday after completion of the game.
In much the same way as in 1944, the Allies were victorious once again in 2010 in this re-creation of the famous World War II battle.
Skirmish has hosted the Invasion of Normandy for nine years and every year this scenario game continues to get bigger and better.
After being in the industry for more than 25 years, Skirmish is expecting to hit the "one millionth player" mark sometime this fall.
Skirmish is open seven days a week year round.
Anyone desiring more information on paintball playing, or whitewater rafting and biking trips, can visit www.Skirmish.com or call 1-800-SKIRMISH (1-800-754-7647).