Naturally, there was a parapet made of those “killed in action” in the middle of the field, between the two groups of rivals. The host shouted “Stop fighting”, and the “killed” left the grounds. After that, the battle continued until a new parapet made of the “fallen” formed. Then again the host shouted “Stop fighting”, and the “killed” left the battlefield. The procedure was repeated as long as the teams had “alive” men. There were no marshals as such. There were referees, but they were chosen from among the public, right on the spot.
I remember a funny moment! Before the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations” we often went to Poland for the festival called “Grunwald”, where large staged battles were organized. But a stage battle is not the same as buhurt! As for me, I was more fond of going to the festival called “Iron Town”, which took place in the village of Izborsk near Pskov. A Russian border fortress is located there. It requires restoration, but the process is going slowly. I remember we invited several Poles to participate in our buhurt at the “Iron Town”. Hubert Filipiak was there. He came to Izborsk with some of his friends. The event was a revelation for him! He was used to large camps and 20-30 people fighting. Then he saw a small (by his standards) camp and a lot of fighters who were coming continuously from that small camp. He said that was the first time he saw so few tents and so many fighters :). There were 200-300 people there who participated in “100 vs 100″ or even “150 vs 150″.
Concerning strategy of such battles, everything depends on the professionalism of the participants. If the men have enough experience, they discuss a specific strategy and follow it within a battle. Every line has its center, flanks… And every man plays his role.
There are no “rank tables” in such battles. Of course, if a club participates, then there is certainly captain there. And if a lot of clubs take part, their “groups” meet and discuss what to do.
It was fun! I would like to participate in such mega-buhurt again. Only people who have never participated in buhurts can dislike them!