Uniform and Basic Field Gear Standards
This is the uniform kit for all members of the 353.Infanterie. All unit members are expected to have their uniform complete by their first year anniversary with the unit.
Tunic: Reproduction M40, M42, M43 Feldgrau (Field Gray) wool tunic with correct Heer insignia* are acceptable. M36 uniforms (w/bottle green collars) may be worn by Officers and NCOs of the rank of Unteroffizier and above. M36 tunics are acceptable for early war impressions. All unit members must obtain a proper tunic as described above.
Trousers: M37, M40, M42 & M43 Feldgrau (Field Gray) wool trousers (Langhosen Keilhosen or Rundbundhosen) are acceptable. Steingrau (Stone Gray) M36 trousers (Langhosen) are acceptable for early war impressions. All unit members must obtain proper trousers as described above.
Service Shirt: Reproduction mouse gray or West German olive drab service shirt (cotton) with collar and proper buttons. White collarless shirt are acceptable for early war impressions or Officers.
Suspenders: Prefered Suspenders are Czech military surplus or appropriate civilian style suspenders.
Boots: Reproduction Marschstiefel (jack boots) dyed black or Schnürschuhe (ankle boots) dyed black or very dark brown which must be worn with Gamaschen (Gaiters).
Gamaschen (Gators): Original or reproduction German in green, khaki or olive. West German with the buckle replaced with a leather loop, or the metal loop removed.
Helmet or Stahlhelm (Steel Helmet): Original, post-war, or reproduction M35, M40 or M42 Stahlhelm with correct liner and suspension pins are required for all members. The preferred paint scheme is Feldgrau with or without a single Heer decal on the left side. Other helmets such as unconverted West German or Spanish helmets are unacceptable. Converted helmets must be submitted to the authenticity committee for approval before use.
Field Cap: Feldgrau (Field Gray) wool Feldmütze, M34, M38, M40, M42 (side caps) or, M43 (billed caps) are acceptable. Special permission is required to utilize any other style of field cap. Caps should have all correct insignia and buttons where appropriate. (See cap insignia below.)
Breast Eagle: Late war "Subdued" gray on field gray. Bevo or embroidered. White on green is acceptable for early war impressions.
Collar Tabs (Litzen): Infantry, late war, generic gray slashes on gray. Or, approved, appropriate waffenfarbe (branch of service color). Example: Artillery; red, Medical; cornflower blue, Pioneer; black, Recon; golden yellow, etc. Early to mid-war white slashes on gray are for use on M36 tunics.
Shoulder Boards: Infantry, field gray, with white piping. Or, approved, appropriate waffenfarbe (branch of service color). Bottle green shoulder boards are acceptable for early war impressions.
Cap Insignia: All insignia are to be appropriate to style of cap. Trapezoid Style, Subdued gray eagle with red, white & black cockade, on field gray or green, Bevo or embroidered for M42 or M43 style (billed caps). Individual eagle & cockade (National colors) for M38 or M40 side caps. For splinter camouflage & HBT reed green Feldm�tze (billed cap), insignia is optional.
Basic Field Kit:
This is the basic kit of field equipment for all members of the 353.Infanterie. All unit members are expected to have their equipment (With the exception of the gas sheet bag.) by their first year anniversary with the unit.
Ammunition Pouches: Original or reproductions appropriate to weapon carried. Leather or web. Brown leather acceptable for early war impressions.
Bayonet and Sheath: Original or reproduction standard German military S. 84/98 bayonet adopted in 1934 for the Karabiner 98k rifle.
Bayonet Frog: Black Leather or Late war web style.
Belt: Adjustable type with correct WWII style keeper. Black leather or late war web.
Belt Buckle: Original or reproduction standard "Heer" style. Steel or aluminum, preferably painted subdued Feldgrau.
Bread Bag: Original, reproduction, or identical post-war type (Properly converted) M31, M44 bread bag with correct three-hole buttons. Feldgrau, green, gray, khaki, olive or natural in color.
Canteen: Original, post war, or reproduction canteen w/wool cover, with or without correct cup. Aluminum preferred. "No blue covers allowed."
Entrenching Tool: Straight or folding type. Original, reproduction, or properly converted "foreign" (Swiss) tools.
Entrenching Tool Holder: Original or reproduction black leather or web appropriate to style of entrenching tool. Brown leather acceptable for early war impressions.
Equipment Straps: Original or reproduction black leather or web. Brown leather acceptable for early war impressions.
Gas Mask Canister: Original or reproduction war era canister preferred. Pre/early war acceptable but not recommended. (Gas mask optional)
Gas Sheet Bag: Original or reproduction "Heer" type.
Identification Disc: Reproduction with identification number and Kompanie. (See Unit Commander)
Mess Tin: Original or reproduction. You may find certain foreign wartime and postwar elements which can be combined to achieve the proper impression. Simply getting a Soviet, Austrian, West German, or East German one will not be acceptable. One viable option is an East German bottom and a Cold War Soviet top but there may be others as well. Get help with this. You don’t want to get a bad post war one.
Eating Utensil: Commonly called a Spork. Original (aluminum), postwar (Aluminum), or reproduction (Stainless).
Shelter Quarter/Zeltbahn: Reproduction standard "splinter pattern" Zeltbahn. One required, two "strongly" recommended. The recommendation of two zelts per member, allows two unit members to erect one, four man zelt tent for sleeping/camping/public display purposes.)
Y-Straps: Original, reproduction, or "properly" converted Czech, Austrian, or West German with D-rings and correct WWII hardware. Brown leather acceptable for early war impressions. Converted Y-Straps with "Stitch holes" are not acceptable.
Please note that these are actual firearms and we deal with the operation and safety of these devices with strict rules and regulations. You must be of proper age and show proper handling and safety techniques. You must also have all proper legal documentation to handle a firearm as required by the laws of our state of residence. Failure to do so may result in loss of group membership and or legal action.
Rifle: "Preferred": Karbiner 98k: WWII German Kar98k (Mauser Rifle) with metal butt plate, bent bolt and no wood behind the rear sight. This is the standard five round, bolt action weapon of the German soldier. Either early war (with flat butt plate and no sight hood) or later war (with cupped butt plate and sight hood) styles are allowed
Other Weapons: Including, but not limited to: Original or reproductionGerman Stick Grenade, Egg Grenade, Panzerfaust, Panzerschrek, Trench/Boot Knife, Magnetic Mines, Flair pistol and cartridge carrier, etc, as common to the WWII German Wehrmacht.
All other weapons, equipment, uniforms, and insignia need to be appropriate to the role of the particular soldier and require permission of the unit commander and the authenticity committee.