353.Infanteriedivision
Uniform and Basic Field Gear
Standards for Nachrichtenhelferin
and Stabshelferin

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Basic Women's Criteria in General:

Makeup:
LESS IS BETTER! - Makeup is optional, but no heavy applications, including lipstick, are allowed. According to wartime German doctrine, "Makeup interferes with a woman;s natural beauty." Something else to take into consideration is that makeup was not readily available to the average woman. If you must wear makeup, keep this in mind. Also consider the (European) time period when wearing makeup.

Hair: Styles/Length
Natural colors only. No obvious highlighting, frosting or streaking. Ideal length should be at or just below shoulders. Longer hair must be worn up off the shoulder in a WWII 40's European style. No elastic/rubberized bands, plastic spring clips or non-period looking barrettes. Hair pins and bobby pins are acceptable. The use of a snood is acceptable as long as they are of a color and yarn weight that would have been available during WWII - no bright colors or 'glitter-type' yarn allowed.

Eyeglasses:
Original or reproduction period eye wear. Round lenses with wire frames are preferred. Non-colored contact lenses are acceptable. Sunglasses are to be of the same style/shape as regular period eyeglasses. Modern eyeglasses are not acceptable.

Jewelry:
LESS IS BETTER! - Not wearing earrings is preferred. However, earrings, may be worn if they are small and resemble the style of the 30's and 40's. No gaudy colors. For ladies with multiple piercings, only one earring per ear is allowed. Clip-on or pierced style earrings are acceptable. No jewelry is allowed to be worn in additional piercings if visible (i.e.: nose, eyebrows, etc.). Wrist watches should have a small round face with brown or black leather band. Other ladies period style watches should be plain and not flashy. Also acceptable is a man's square or round faced watch from the era with a brown or black leather band. Wedding rings area allowed, however simple gold or silver bands are preferable with no engagement rings worn. Note: Germans/Europeans wore wedding rings on their right hand. No other rings are allowed. Necklaces are not acceptable.

Shoes:
Must be low cut anklets, leather, black in color. Not patent leather. Lace ups. Reproductions that closely match the period style are acceptable. However, ridged rubber soles are not acceptable. Highly recommended is the Capezio Spectator Oxford Style # CG07 (See #4) or "Coquette" style by Clinic Shoes (See #1) Another excellent shoe is a Ladies US Navy Oxford (See #6) (Other examples pictured below)

Shoes above are: 1) "Coquette" style by Clinic Shoes 2) Ladies Oxford Jazz Shoe [Mfr. Unknown], 3) Aris Allen women's oxford, 4) Capezio Spectator Oxford #CG07, 5) Ladies Oxford Tap Shoe [Mfr. Unknown], 6) Ladies US Navy Oxfords, 7) Capezio Oxford Dance Shoes #370

Undergarments:
A full, or half, white slip should be worn with all uniform skirts/dresses.

Gloves:
If worn, must be of black or gray leather. Or a knit style period style glove. No stretch-type glove material allowed.

Tattoos:
Tattoos are not acceptable - German Women of the 1940's with tattoos was absolutely unheard of! Existing tattoos may not be visible and must be covered with either clothing or cover-up makeup. (The only women of the time period that would have had tattoos would have been Gypsies or Circus performers.)

Piercings/Body Jewelry:
Piercings and Body Jewelry are not acceptable - German Women of the 1940's with piercings and/or body jewelry was absolutely unheard of! Eyebrow rings/studs, lip rings/studs, nose rings/studs, and tongue studs are unacceptable. Existing body jewelry may not be visible and must be covered with either clothing or removed. The above standards also apply to body modifications of any form. (The only women of the time period that would have had Body piercings/jewelry and/or body modifications would have been Gypsies or Circus performers.)

Optional Equipment and other Items:

Butter Dish:
Original or post-war bakelite or plastic butter dish of any color.

Canteen:
Original, post war, or reproduction canteen w/wool cover, with or without correct cup. Aluminum preferred. Ladies canteen were of a smaller size.

Comb/Hairbrush:
Original or post-war aluminum or rubber comb. Original or post-war vintage hairbrush. Wood or celluloid handle preferred. Other types acceptable if they appear period.

Eating utensils:
Original or reproduction folding "Spork" eating utensil strongly preferred. West or East German officer style utensils are acceptable.

Esbit Stove:
Original or post-war Esbit stove made of aluminum or steelFlashlight: Original or original style Wehrmacht flashlight strongly preferred. Czech and East German are acceptable.

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.

Heer Paybook (Heer Soldbuch):
Reproduction Heer soldbuch with photograph and personal information inside.

Helmet (Stahlhelm):
Original or reproduction M36 Stahlhelm prefered. M35, M40 or M42 Stahlhelm with or without decal acceptable

Mess Tin:
Original, reproduction, post-war West German, East German or combination there of. (To achieve the proper impression.)

Pocket Knife:
Original or post-war reproduction pocketknife of European origin

Toothbrush:
Original or reproduction 40's style toothbrush.

Wool Blanket:
Reproduction field hospital blanket strongly recommended. Mouse gray, Italian, or striped gray wool blankets are acceptable.

Nachrichtenhelferin Specific Criteria:

Uniform-Wool:
Original or reproduction double breasted medium charcoal grey (w/slight bluish tint) wool uniform tunic. Tunic to have scalloped back with center seam and 2-button rear belt. Tunic cuffs will be belted with single button. The tunic shall have the yellow embroidered “Blitz” on a green wool/felt, oval backing is worn on the left sleeve worn between the shoulder and elbow. Kick-pleated skirt made from same material as tunic with 2 kick-pleats in front and a single pleat at the rear. Skirt length shall be just below the knee. Grey blouse for every day use is to be worn under tunic jacket. Blouse has no pockets or shoulder boards. White, cotton, button up blouse with collar and long sleeves for special occasions only. Black, men's tie. No clip on ties allowed. Trousers for cold weather made of the same medium charcoal gray material.

Uniform-Nachrichtenhelferin Wool Cap:
Original or reproduction "Overseas" M38 Style wool cap. The cap made from same medium gray wool material as tunic, skirt and trousers. The cap is trimmed with lemon yellow piping denoting signals personal. A yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt oval backing, is worn on the left side of the cap. A white on black Bevo Panzer style cap eagle shall be worn on at the front of the side cap. The Nachrichtenhelferin Overseas cap should be worn slightly canted to the right side of the head. (See examples pictured below for design reference and proper wearing of the M38 style cap.)

An M43 style cap made from the same charcoal medium-grey wool material as the tunic, skirt and trousers is also acceptable but not recommended. The M43 style cap is trimmed with lemon yellow piping denoting signals personal. A yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt oval backing, is worn on the left side of the cap. A white on black Bevo Panzer style cap eagle shall be worn on the front of the M43 style cap.

Uniform-Work Dress:
Original or reproduction light-medium gray cotton work dress with white removable collar. The work dress shall have the yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt, oval backing, worn on the left sleeve midway between the shoulder and elbow. (See examples pictured below.)

Hosiery:
Seamed stockings worn with a vintage style garter belt preferred. (Because of their construction, a vintage style garter belt is not visible under your uniform/work dress.) Stocking colors of natural or gray opaque for Nachrichtenhelferin Heers and Stabshelferin is preferred. Seamed pantyhose or Seamed thigh highs are also acceptable. White ankle socks or bobby socks folded down are also acceptable. Seamless hosiery is acceptable but not recommended. If you must wear seamless hosiery, an alternative to achieve that "seamed look" is to use an eyebrow pencil to draw a line down the back of the legs (Just like ladies did during WWII). Shiny, glittery, fishnet, patterned or odd color hosiery is not acceptable.

Insignia-Nachrichtenhelferin:
Tunic jacket shall have the yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt oval backing, worn on the left sleeve. A smaller version of the Blitz is also worn centered on the left side of the M38 side cap. A white on black Bevo Panzer style cap eagle shall be worn on at the front of the side cap. A Blitz is also worn centered on the left sleeve of the grey blouse and the grey work dress. A black Bevo Panzer style breast eagle is worn on the blouses on the right side of the chest just above the breast pocket. This breast eagle is also worn on the tunic jacket on the right breast pocket flap over the button hole. A Nachrichtenhelferin des Heeres cuff title, "NH DES HEERES", with yellow backing and black lettering is recommended, however, not required. The cuff title is worn on the left sleeve just above the band and button (Cuff) at the wrist. (See below examples.)

Blitz Qualification Brooch:.
Original or reproduction enamel on brass "Blitz" pin. The Blitz pin/brooch is worn by women trained in Army communications procedures. As originals are quite scarce reproduction brooches are acceptable. The Brooch is to have a completely black background with an egg-yolk yellow lightening blitz centered on the Brooch. A 4mm outer ring of brass, or a 4mm outer ring of the same yellow color as the Blitz symbol itself, encircles the outer edge of the Brooch. The Officer's version of the Blitz Brooch, with the intricate brass edge design trim, is not allowed. The diameter of the Brooch is approximately 1" to 1 L' " in diameter. The Brooch is worn on the tie, just under tie knot. (See below examples.)

Purse:
Black in color and made of leather. No patent leather. May be worn over the shoulder or clasped under the arm. Approximately the size of a large envelope. Heer (Army) breadbags (Gray) are also acceptable. Make inquiries for more detailed description.

Overcoat (Mantle or Great Coat):
Original or reproduction charcoal gray wool M40 style with correct four-hole rimmed buttons preferred. Danish or fully converted and dyed Swedish or Swiss wool overcoat with correct four-hole rimmed buttons are also acceptable. The Mantle should also have a matching wool belt that buckles across the waist. The Mantle could also have the yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt, oval backing is worn on the left sleeve, and/or Cuff title, (see above) but is not required.

ID Disc:
Reproduction with identification number and Kompanie. (See Unit Commander)

Stabshelferin Specific Criteria:

Stabshelferin
are women who perform clerical duties within the unit headquarters environment. All the above Nachrichtenhelferin uniform standards apply to Stabshelferin. Stabshelferin may or may-not be qualified in Army communications procedures. Therefore, they may or may-not wear the various Blitz insignia.

Uniform-Wool Tunic-Stabshelferin:
Original or reproduction double breasted charcoal medium-grey (w/slight bluish tint) wool uniform tunic. Tunic to have scalloped back with center seam and 2-button rear belt. Tunic cuffs will be belted with single button. The collar of the Stabshelferin tunic is trimmed with a yellow and black twisted cord piping denoting Stabshelferin personal.

Insignia-Stabshelferin:
Stabshelferin shall wear the "Stabshelferin des Heeres" cuff title. The enlisted Stabshelferin Bevo cuff title coloring is a White lettering on a Moss Green background. (See below examples.)

Stabshelferin Pin:
Original or reproduction silver colored pin Stabshelferin clerical pin. The Stabshelferin clerical pin is worn on the tie, just under tie knot. (See above example.)

Uniform-Stabshelferin Wool Cap:
Original or reproduction "Overseas" M38 Style wool cap. The cap made from same medium gray wool material as tunic, skirt and trousers. The cap is trimmed with a yellow and black twisted cord piping denoting Stabshelferin personal. A yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt, oval backing may be worn on the left side of the cap, but is not required. A white on black Panzer style Bevo cap eagle shall be worn on at the front of the side cap. An M43 style cap made from the same charcoal medium-grey wool material as the tunic, skirt and trousers is also acceptable but not recommended. The M43 cap is also trimmed with a yellow and black twisted cord piping denoting Stabshelferin personal. A yellow embroidered "Blitz" on a green wool/felt oval backing, may be worn on the left side of the cap but is not required. A white on black Bevo Panzer style cap eagle shall be worn on the front of the M43 style cap. (See examples pictured below for design reference and proper wearing of the M38 and M43 style cap.)

Note: Any and all uniforms, weapons, basic field gear and optional equipment are subject to review by the Unit Commander and/or Authenticity Board and subject to approval.


Special acknowledgement for the photos taken or created by John R. Connell and the
"Fräulein Valkyrie Collection" by Vikki

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