This is a list
required uniform items, equipment and gear needed to be a Soldat in the 352.Infanterie-Division.
Your impression will be of a simple Infateriesoldat
(infantry soldier). We have no Fallschirmjäger
or other “elite” units here. If
that’s what you are interested in, we can get you in contact
with one of those units. We are common, simple soldiers,
which made up 90% of the German Wehrmacht.
(Nowadays, in reenacting, its closer to the reverse – it
seems there are 90% elite units and only 10% common infantry
in regards to uniform, gear and equipment is if you have a question
about anything, ASK BEFORE BUYING!
We do not want you to spend your money on a questionable item, then
show up to an event only to have the commander or someone else say that
you cannot use it. In general (unless you have reenacted before
are familiar with German uniforms and equipment), it is a good idea to
ask about every item
before buying it. Leutnant
Runge is more than willing to answer your questions and give you the
go-ahead to buy uniforms and gear. Simply send one of them an
email with the link of what you are wanting to buy, and they will look
it over and let you know if it is acceptable or
It is important
note that you may buy whatever you want, but the Cadre of the Division
will decide if it is acceptable for use at 352-Infanterie Division
events or not. Public displays for our unit are a different
matter. Most public displays are done in conjunction with the WWII Reenacting Corps.
The WWIIRC can
represent any faction that fought in World War II. You have
the ability, and are encouraged if you can, to wear alternate
impressions at public displays, so long as the impression is
complete. Alternate impressions can include, but are not
limited to, Waffen-SS, Pioneers, Artillery soldiers, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe, Panzerkorps
thing to take into consideration before purchasing your items is to be
wary of Asian sellers. You will find that most Asian products
are cheap, both in price and quality. There are a few Asian
sellers that really do make good quality items, but they are few and
far between. Ask before you buy these products, and if you do
buy them, don’t be too disappointed when they
aren’t entirely correct.
Some uniform items and gear (East German, West German, Swedish,
Austrian, Post-War, etc...) are acceptable for use as stop-gap items.
Stop-gap items are intended for temporary use until the correct
item can be purchased and used. Stop-gap items should not be used
on a regular basis and should be replaced as soon as possible.
Some examples of stop-gap items include Post-War Jackboots and
Post-War canteens. Stop-gap items must be approved by Division
Cadre before use.
Below is a list
items you need, and in what order you will need them. There
are three Tiers – Basic, Complete and Advanced.
Some exceptions can be made to the lists and items below –
they just need to be cleared by the unit commander. Some
exceptions in our unit are okay, but the exception should not become
the rule, and we do not want a whole squad of exceptions running around
(e.g. – one camo helmet cover per ten guys, one smock per ten
guys, etc…). Continued refusal to abide by our unit's
uniform and equipment standards will result in expulsion from the 352.Infanterie-Division.
– BASIC IMPRESSION
This is a list of the equipment required for you to participate in a
public display, a public battle or a tactical reenactment.
Once you obtain these items you will be promoted to the rank of Grenadier
K98k Rifle (Gewher)
- It doesn’t have to be German, but it does have to be of the
same Mauser design (e.g. – Most Czech and Yugo models are
okay). These can be found at most gun shows. The
rifle might or might not have a site cover – this is not
necessary. Your rifle will need a cleaning rod and needs to
have the bayonet attachment. If the rifle does not have a
bayonet attachment, then it is not an infantry rifle.
Bent-handled bolts are preferred, but straight-handled bolts are
|Steel Helmet (Stahlhelm)
– M40 or M42. Because we mostly represent a late-War
Division, try to not buy an M35. It
can be field grey (light green) or depot green (dark green).
Do not get a black helmet. Unless you can modify it to look
German, do not buy the pre-WWII Spanish helmets.
|Helmet Decals – These are optional items, but
recommended. Orders were issued early in the War to remove
the National Colors decal first, then orders came to remove both decals
all together. Most young Soldaten
in the 352nd Infantry Division would not have had helmet decals.
– M43 ONLY. Do not buy an M36, M40, M42, M43 or an
M44. We are a mid-late war unit. The M43 is applicable to
any reenactment our unit will attend. M36's are reserved for
Division Cadre only. Yes, it is a good looking uniform, but it
wasn't standard issue and was only worn by officers and Alte Hasse
by mid-1944. M44's were only used very late in the War and their
use in reenactments is very, very limited.
|Trousers (Feldhose) –
M43. M43 trousers are recommended because they would have been
more prevalent and you can
either use suspenders or a belt.
Suspenders or Trouser Belt
This is dependent on what type of trousers you get. Suspenders
are recommended because they do a better job keeping your pants
– These can be a bit pricey for what they are, so East or
West German sleeping shirts are acceptable. They
should be green or white. The white shirts may or may not
have a collar (a collar is recommended because it helps protect
your neck from getting scratched up by your wool tunic collar).
|Low Boots with
Army Gaiters (Schnürschuhe
mit ) –
German reproduction boots, rough outer leather, leather sole, heel iron
and hobnails required. Post-war models acceptable only by
No Swedish low boots. Boots may be dyed black or
brown. Gaiters should be green or brown canvas with leather
straps. (Vendor Warning: Do not waste your money on low boots
from Hessen Antique. Here is a picture
of what happens to their boots after 10 events. They are made in
China from terrible quality leather, and put together by horrible
cobblers.) In 1943/1944, low boots would have been the most
boot for infantry soldiers, so this is preferred, however, because of a
lack of quality or quantity of low boots on the market, jackboots will
be acceptable at this time as well.
- OR -
Jackboots (Marschstiefel) –
The Jackboots (originally brown, but dyed black, with rough
leather, leather soles, heel iron and hobnails) must be dyed
black. Other than being used as a stop-gap item, no
post-war boots accepted (post-war boots are smooth, shiny leather and
they do not have heel irons or hobnails and often have rubber
soles). Low boots are preferred, but jackboots may be purchased
if low boots are not available.
Belt with Army Buckle
mit Koppelschloss) – Black leather
belt with the "Got mit uns"
Army belt buckle. The buckle can be painted green (preferred), or
it can be
Man Collar Tabs
– The collar tabs can either be generic
or late war (colorless stripes - preferred) or infantry (white stripes,
Infantry Shoulder Boards
Schulterklappen) – White piped,
shoulder boards (not the early war bottle green).
Late War Army Breast Eagle (Reichsadler am Brust)
– Mid to late War design.
II – COMPLETE IMPRESSION
This is a list of the equipment that
will fill out your basic
impression. Upon obtaining these items, you will have
completed your full German Infanteriesoldat
– Black leather or tropical webbing is acceptable.
|Tunic Belt Hooks
– One set of four tunic hooks. This is an optional item.
Some people like the hooks because it helps distribute the
weight of your gear and keep your belt from sliding down.
Other people don't like them because they dig into your side.
– M43 field cap. The M38 side cap
is early war and not allowed in our unit as they were practically
non-existent in the 352nd. The M43
late war trapezoid eagle/cockdale combination. (Do not get
the crooked-wing eagle cap patch).
|Gas Mask Can
with Straps (Tragebüchse)
– Having the gas mask itself is nice, but not necessary.
In fact, the empty gas mask can is a great water-proof place to store a
lot of stuff (food, camera, water bottle, farby stuff, etc…)
Folding Entrenching Tool with Carrier
Schanzzeug mit Schanzzeugtasche). You can either get the
straight handled entrenching tool or the folding entrenching tool.
There are a lot of post-War entrenching tools that are
acceptable. If you have questions - ASK!
|K98 Bayonet with
– The bayonet does not have to be original. They
bayonet frog can be black leather or tropical webbing (as the 352nd's
Quartermaster had access to a large store of unused Afrikakorps equipment). Be
careful about Turkish
bayonets. Read this article to know how to spot a German bayonet from
a Turk one.
|K98 Ammo Pouches
– Two black leather pouches with white stitching –
holds 60 rounds.
|Mess Kit with
– Ask before buying this item – There are several
post-war models of mess kits around – some are more
acceptable than others. Utensils can be war-time models or
– There are lots of reproductions out there, and they are all
made differently. In the end, it doesn't matter which type you
get because all that is going to be seen is the outside of your bag.
But, if you are shooting for the most authentic breadbag, here's
what to look for - it can be
green or tan, or anything in-between (but no blue), the tabs should be
pointed, buttons should have three holes, there should not be a divider
inside the bag.
Cover, Cup and Straps
mit Abdeckung, Trinkbecher und Riemen)
– M31 Canteen, preferred 0.8L but if that is not possible,
the 1L version will be okay. These are getting hard to find,
so some post-war converted models are acceptable. For example,
you can purchase a plastic East or West German canteen and put it into
the correct War-time cover, straps and cup. No one will see that
you are using a post-War canteen, and it is much cheaper, and it is
easier to clean.
– Splinter camo, reversible pattern. Do not get the SS
Zelts, which are Oak Leaf pattern. Do not
get the square or rectangle pattern. Make sure that it is
triangle shapped, and in the correct pattern!
III – OPTIONAL ADVANCED ITEMS
The items listed here are completely
optional to buy, but will enhance
your impression and the impression of the unit as a whole. It’s the small things that really
make your impression
believable and immersive not only for you, but for those around
you. Starred items (*) require commander
approval before you can use them as
a part of your impression with the 352.Infanterie
– These tunics are pre-war tunics, and are reserved for the
Cadre and leadership of the Division.
Uniform) – HBTs are lighter
uniforms that are much
more comfortable in the warmer months. A
good idea, especially for our part of the country. The
Kansas in summer is about 15-20° F hotter than it was in summer
– Having an extra belt and buckle for a walking-out uniform
helpful, as it can be a real pain taking all the gear and equipment off
of your combat belt. It's recommended that you get the
aluminum belt buckle for your walking-out uniform.
– Small piece of cotton material buttons around the inside
tunic collar and protects your neck from getting scratched
up by your tunic's wool collar.
– M40 or M43 . A heavy duty large coat that keeps
you very warm. Good for using as a blanket as well.
|Cold Weather Gear
To include wool gloves (Handschuhe),
a toque (Toque)
and a scarf (Schal).
– This could be the splinter camo cover, chicken wire, a rubber
band or a bread bag
|M38 Gas Mask
– A great addition to fill that gas mask container!
– War-time model
preferred. If you
get post-war models,
you can bring them to events to carry your stuff, but you
won’t be able
to use them in the event. Try and keep them out of
sight. It’s much
better to have a post-war rucksack or large duffle bag that looks close
to war-time to hide all your farby stuff in rather than just have all
of your farby stuff lying around.
– for your field blanket, your overcoat, and other random
gear. It's a good idea to have several of these to strap
your equipment to your pack.
– The Germans had several different types
The standard was grey, with or without a stripe, and it may or
have been stamped. These can be post-war
– they just need to be of
the same basic style and color as what the Germans might have had
|Esbit Stove with
Fuel Tablets –
A great little stove used to heat up cans of food or to heat up a cup
of water. It is fueled with small tablets that you can still buy
at almost any sporting goods store.
|First Aid Package
– In most tunics, there’s a small pocket inside on
the right side near the bottom. This little pocket holds a
small first aid package. It’s a small detail, but
it will come in handy if there really is an injury in the
(Fettdose) – A good dish that is waterproof
and holds butter, lard, jam, etc...
– The more the unit has, the better. It takes 4
Zelts to make a small
tent (2-man tent) and 8 Zelts to make a large tent (6-8 man
|M33 Field Phone with Como
– Can be post-War if it is close to being correct. Our unit
already has three phones and over a half mile of a
mile of wire,
but the more phones we have, the better we can operate in the
Book (with Cover)
Soldbuch mit Einband)
– Filling out your Soldbuch
is a lengthy and somewhat difficult task, but you can get help
Division Cadre, and there are services that can do it for
you. Leutnant Runge has
book. The cover for the book is optional.
|ID Disc with Cord
– Preferably, the tag needs to be zinc, but aluminum or steel
acceptable. Tag printing is available – ask Leutnant Runge for
details. You can also get a leather tag cover.
Such as the blue checkered bed sheets, period towels and clothing bags.
Personal Items (Persönliche
– such as song book, prayer book, postcards, pictures,
letters, skat cards, etc…
– Can be bought or built on your own (for much
cheaper). These are great to carry your gear in and look good
in camp. Ask Leutnant
Runge about how to build your own crates.
– Steel 8mm ammo cans for the machine guns. There
are post-war copies
that are close. Try not getting the 7.62mm versions, because
rounds won’t fit in them laying down. Having a lot
especially if we have a machine gun, would make sense, and they are
great for holding all of your ammo and other random items.
(Stielhandgranate oder Eihandgranate)
* – fake stick grenades or hand grenades can be used at
events. Some of these fake grenades can be made to smoke or
pop with small fireworks.
* – Other weapons may be purchased and used, so long as they are properly
weapons. Every weapon, at every event, will be examined before
the event. Any weapon determined not safe will not be allowed at
the event. Non-functional weapons cannot be used in public battles or
tacticals, but may be shown as part of a public display. If you
have BATF paperwork for your weapon, bring a copy of it with your
weapon to every event.
The following weapons can be obtained and used unrestricted without
prior approval: MG-34, MG-42, MP-38, MP-40, P-08 Luger, P-38
Walther, K-41, G-43 or the StG-44. Any other weapons that you may
want to use that are not in this list, but were used by the German
Army, need to be approved for use at
each event. These can include, but are no limited to, any
Russian weapons, any Italian weapons, any French weapons, the
Panzerfaust, Panzerschreck, other models of German machine guns and
5-cm and 8-cm mortars, among others. The reason these need to be
approved on an event-by-event basis is because we want to maintain a
certain level of accuracy, authenticity and safety. While German
soldiers most certainly took home Russian weapons, it would be highly
unlikely that they would use them if they were deployed again on the
Western Front. The Reichsministerium
für Rüstung und Kriegsproduktion (Reich Ministry for
Armaments and War Production) was having enough trouble as it was in
1944 to get munitions out for German weapons. They would not have
produced Russian ammunition for bring-back weapons. Besides - you
used the weapon that was issued to you. Your rifle or MG was YOUR
responsibility, and you owned it. It was registered to you in
your Soldbuch, and if you lost it, you'd be in a lot of trouble.
If you have one of these restricted weapons, you will be able to use it
at some events some of the time, but probably not at all events all of
Weapons that are not allowed for use at any 352.Infanterie-Division events
include, but are not limited to, obvious long-barreled sub-machine guns
(particularly the long-barreled PPS-43). These such weapons
violate our unit's 10-Foot Accuracy Rule, and severely detracts from
your impression and the reputation of our unit.
Please visit our "Links" page for
suggestions as to where the above items can be purchased. Other
members of our units may have extra items so be sure to check with us
before making a purchase to see if you can borrow or purchase items at
a greater discount.