353.Infanteriedivision

Uniform and Basic Field Gear Standards


*(Click on the different parts of the uniform to see the item better)*

Helmet/Stahlhelm Gas Mask Canister/Gasmaske Kar98 Bread Bag/Brotbeutel Jack Boots Trousers/Feldhose Y-Strap/Koppeltragegestell Tunic/Feldbluse Field Flask/Feldflasche Shovel/Kleines Schanzzeug Cap/Feldmütze Insignia/Litzen Helmet/Stahlhelm Ammo Pouches/Patronentaschen Belt & Buckle/Koppel Shovel/Kleines Schanzzeug Jack Boots Tunic/Feldbluse Tunic/Feldbluse Trousers/Feldhose Kar98

Basic Uniform

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 NCO's of the rank of Unteroffiziere and above. M36 tunics are acceptable for early war impressions. M44 tunics are acceptable although they are not recommended. 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. Properly converted and dyed Swedish or Swiss conversions may to be used as "Stop Gap" ** trousers only. Unconverted Swedish, East German or Swiss trousers are unacceptable.

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: Reputable reproduction or original suspenders.

Jack Boots: Original or reproduction Jack boots. With or with out hob-nails (Hobnails are optional). West German Parade boots are acceptable. All unit members must obtain proper boots as described above. East German jack boots may to be used as "Stop Gap" ** boots only.

Low-Quarter Boots: Reproduction, original or Swiss low boots of black or brown colored leather. No leather toe caps. Black or leather soles. Boots must be of the "eyelet style" (no hooks). With or with out hob-nails (Hobnails are optional). Gamaschen must be worn with all low quarter boots.

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 helmet with correct liner and suspension pins preferred. Properly mounted West German liners using split pins are acceptable. Preferred paint scheme is Feldgrau with single Heer decal on the left side. All unit members must obtain a proper helmet as described above. Spanish helmets may to be used as a "Stop Gap" ** helmet only. Spanish helmets must be properly converted with proper vent holes and split pins. Unconverted Spanish helmets are unacceptable.

Field Cap: Feldgrau (Field Gray) wool, M34, M38, M40 side caps or M42, M43 Feldmütze style (billed caps) are acceptable. Heer splinter camouflage & HBT reed green Feldmütze (field caps) are also acceptable but not recommended. Caps should have all correct insignia and buttons where appropriate. (See cap insignia below.)

 

*Heer Insignia:

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 Feldmütze (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: Standard German military S. 84/98 bayonet adopted in 1934 for the Karabiner 98k rifle. Original or reproduction K98 or VZ-24 style preferred. Or appropriate to weapon carried.

Bayonet Frog: Black Leather or Late war web style. Brown leather acceptable for early war impressions.

Belt: Adjustable type with correct WWII style keeper. Black leather or late war web. Brown leather acceptable for early war impressions.

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

Shelter Quarter/Zeltbahn: Original or 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.

Weapons:

Rifle: "Preferred": Karbiner 98k: WWII German K98k (Mauser Rifle) with metal butt plate and no wood behind the rear sight. This is the standard five round, bolt action weapon of the German soldier.

Acceptable: Czech VZ-24, MP38, MP40 "Schmeisser", MP43, MP44, G43, K43, G33/40, MG34, MG42,

Pistol: P-38, P-08 (Luger), Belgian Browning 9mm High Power. Pistols are restricted to Officers, NCO's of the rank of Unteroffiziere and above, Crew-served weapon commanders (Field artillery), MG teams, Mortar teams and Sniper teams. The PP, PPK, CZ24, and CZ27 are acceptable but not recommended.

Captured Weapons: French MAS 36, Russian Tokarev SVT-40, PPSh (Any variant), Italian Berretta MP38a, MP38-42, MP38-44. Other WWII weapons such as Belgian, Czechoslovakian, Danish, Dutch, and French are acceptable with approval. Captured weapons should be kept to a minimum and limited in use and numbers.

Other Weapons: Including, but not limited to: Original or reproduction German Stick Grenade, Egg Grenade, Panzerfaust, Panzerschrek, Trench/Boot Knife, Magnetic Mines, Flair pistol and cartridge carrier, etc, as common to the WWII German Wehrmacht.


K98 Mauser




Action Type: Bolt action rifle

Magazine: 5 Round stripper Clip with single round feed

Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.9mm / 8x57)

Rifiling: 4 Groves with right twist

Sights: Front - inverted v-notch / Rear - Standard v-notch with 2,000 meter range

Stock: Solid Walnut or Laminated Wood

Length: 1104.90mm

Weight: 4.037 kg +/-

G 33/40 Mountain Carbine


Action Type: Bolt action rifle

Magazine: 5 Round stripper Clip with single round feed

Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.9mm / 8x57)

Sights: Tangent leaf rear sight graduated to 1000 meters

Stock: Solid Walnut or Laminated Wood

Length: 993.14mm

Weight: 3.583 kg +/-

Gewehr 43


Action Type: Semi-Automatic / Gas operated

Magazine: 10 round Removable magazine

Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.9mm / 8x57)

Sights: Standard iron sights

Stock: Wood

Length:1130mm

Weight: 4.3998 kg

Mp40


Action Type: Machine Pistole / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 32 round detachable box magazine

Caliber: 9x19 mm Parabellum (9mm luger)

Sights: Hooded blade in front and flip-up U-notch in the rear

Stock: Folding Metal

Length:833.12mm

Weight: 3.9916 kg

Stg44


Action Type: Assault Rifle / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 30 round detachable box magazine

Caliber: 7.92x33mm Kurz

Sights: Adjustable sights in the rear: V-notch in the front with hooded post

Stock: Wood with Metal butt-plate

Length: 939.8mm

Weight: 5.216 kg

Walter P38


Action Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Magazine: 8 round detachable single-stack magazine

Caliber: 7.65x22mm Parabellum 9x19mm Parabellum

Sights: Rear notch with front blade post

Pistol Grip: Steel frame with Wood or Bakelite grips

Length: 215.9mm

Weight: .8 kg

Luger


Action Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Magazine: 8 round detachable box magazine

Caliber: 7.65x22mm Parabellum 9x19mm Parabellum

Sights: Standard iron sights

Pistol Grip: Steel frame with Wood or Bakelite grips

Length: 222.250mm

Weight: 0.8709 kg

Maschinengewehr 34 (Mg34)


Action Type: Maschinengewehr / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 50/200-round belts or 75-round drum magazine

Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser

Sights: Standard iron sights in the front / rear-adjustable sight

Stock: Wood or Bakelite

Length: 1219.20mm

Weight: 12.111 kg

Maschinengewehr 42 (Mg42)


Action Type: Maschinengewehr / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 50 round drum carrier or 250+ round belt

Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser

Sights: Standard iron sights in the front / rear-adjustable sight

Stock: Metal

Length:1219.20mm

Weight: 11.567 kg

Panzerfaust (tank fist)


Panzerfaust klein

Weight: 3.2205 kg Length: 985.520mm Range: 30.1 meters Explosive content: 400g

Panzerfaust 30

*Same as the Panzerfaust klein but with a larger warhead*

Weight: 3.2205 kg Length: 985.520mm Range: 30.1 meters

Panzerfaust 60

Weight: 5.8967 kg Length: 985.520mm Range: 60.35 meters

Panzerfaust 100

Weight: 5.8967 kg Length: 985.520mm Range: 100.5 meters

Panzerschreck (Tank shocker)


Caliber: 88mm

Length: 1640mm

Range: 150m

Weight: 11kg (empty)

Rocket projectile weight: 3.3 kg

Images courtesy of Wikipedia

Beretta MP38a


Action Type: Semi Auto or Full Auto / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 10, 20, 30 or 40 round

Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum

Sights: Iron sights

Stock: Wood

Length: 800mm

Weight: 3.3 kg

Beretta 38/42
MP738 (i)


Action Type: Semi Auto or Full Auto / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 10, 20, 30 or 40 round

Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum

Sights: Iron sights

Stock: Wood

Length: 800mm

Weight: 3.3 kg

PPSh-41
MP717(r)(7.62) / MP41(r) (9mm)


Action Type: Submachine gun / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: 35-round box magazine 71-round drum magazine

Caliber: 7.62x25mm Tokarev

Sights: Iron sights 200-300 meters

Stock: wood

Length: 843mm

Weight: 3.62 kg +/-

SVT-40
SIG.259(r)


Action Type: Semi-automatic rifle / Gas-operated, tilting bolt

Magazine: 10-round detachable box magazine

Caliber: 7.62x54mmR

Sights: Iron sights

Stock: Wood

Length:1226 mm

Weight: 3.855 kg

PPS-43
MP719 (r)


Action Type: Full auto / Blow back open bolt

Magazine: Feed system 35-round detachable box magazine

Caliber: 7.62x25mm Tokarev

Sights: Sights Flip rear sight, fixed blade front sight

Stock: Metal Folding stock

Length:906.78mm

Weight: 3.03 kg

MAS-36 (Gewehr 242(f))


Action Type: Bolt action rifle

Magazine: 5 Rd internal magazine

Caliber: 7.5mm x 54mm

Sights: Large Aperture (rear) & Post (front)

Stock: Laminated wood stock

Length: 1,020 mm

Weight: 3.7 kg +/-

Images courtesy of Wikipedia

Optional Equipment and Uniforms:

A-Frame: Original or reproduction web A-frame with correct leather/web straps, hooked" D-ring hardware and material. Green, olive or late war Khaki in color. (The A-Frame is a web and leather frame used to secure the zeltbahn (shelter quarter), mess tin, blanket and A-Fame bag to the Y-Straps.)

A-Frame Combat Assault Bag: Original or reproduction WWII German combat assault bag. Khaki-green, green, or natural color. (The Combat Assault Bag was used to hold personal items like socks, hygiene items and maybe a spare shirt.)

Ammo Cans: Original or post war German steel or aluminum 8mm Ammo cans. Painted Feldgrau preferred, Panzer Gray or Dunkelgelb (Dark Yellow) acceptable.

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

Camouflage Uniform: Reproduction Splinter pattern in cotton or HBT (Herring Bone Twill) tunic and trousers. M40 or M42 style.

Cold Weather Uniform: Original or reproduction Mouse Gray, Splinter or Tan & Water, reversible to white, Insulated parka and/or trousers.

Comb: Original or post-war aluminum or rubber comb.

D-ring belt loops: Reproduction D-ring belt loop for hanging extra equipment. Black leather or web recommended. Brown leather is acceptable for early war impressions.

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 steel.

Field Compass: Original or approved post-war hand compass in Bakelite. Restricted to Officers, NCO's of the rank of Unteroffiziere and above, Crew-served weapon commanders (Field artillery), MG teams, Mortar teams and Sniper teams.

Field Glasses: Original or period 6X30 binoculars with strap. Restricted to Officers, NCO's of the rank of Unteroffiziere and above, Crew-served weapon commanders (Field artillery), MG teams, Mortar teams and Sniper teams.

Flashlight: Original or original style Wehrmacht flashlight strongly preferred. Czech and East German are acceptable.

Gloves: Reproduction or approved post-war mouse gray gloves.

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

Helmet Cover: Original or reproduction Splinter or Tan and Water helmet cover or natural color helmet net.

Implements Bag: Reproduction bag from reputable supplier.

K98k Cleaning Kit: Original Mauser cleaning kit with appropriate hardware and tools.

Lightweight Uniform: Reproduction Reed Green HBT (Herring Bone Twill) tunic and trousers. M42 or M43 style. The M40 style is acceptable but not recommended.

Map Case: Original or reproduction German WWII map cases. Restricted to Officers, NCO's of the rank of Unteroffiziere and above, Crew-served weapon commanders (Field artillery), MG teams, Mortar teams and Sniper teams.

Machine Gun Pouch: Original or approved reproduction MG 34/42 machine gun pouch. MG gunner only.

Mortar Gunners Kit: Original or reproduction Mortar Gunners kit.  Mortar Gunner only.

Overcoat (Mantle or Great Coat): M40 style reproduction or fully converted and dyed Swedish or Swiss wool overcoat with correct pebbled buttons. M36 style is acceptable for early war impressions

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

Razor: Original or approved post-war razor. Safety or straight style.

Rucksack: Original, reproduction, or properly converted West German, Czech, Austrian or "NATO" type Rucksack (backpack), with/without shoulder straps. Original German WWII (Pony) Fur Flapped Tornister backpacks, with/without shoulder straps, are also acceptable.

Scarf: Reproduction or approved post-war mouse gray scarf. Off color scarves must be approved before use. 

Smock: Reproduction Splinter or Tan and Water smock of cotton duck material.

Socks: Reproduction (w/size rings) or post-war mouse gray wool socks. Two pairs recommended.

Tent: Four or eight man tent made from splinter pattern Shelter Quarters or Zeltbahns preferred. Square Swiss Zeltbahns made into an eight man tent is acceptable. Other pattern tents must be approved by authenticity board.

Tent Accessories, Shelter Quarter/Zeltbahn Pole Set: Three or four original, reproduction or Swiss poles in gray or Splinter canvas bag with period aluminum or steel tent stakes (3 to 4). Cotton or hemp rope for shelter tie-down.

Toothbrush: Original or reproduction 40's style toothbrush.

Toque: Reproduction or approved post-war mouse gray toque.

Winter Over-Whites: Original or reproduction WWII German white hooded cover and/or trousers, and/or helmet cover. “With approval”, American, Swedish or Swiss white hooded cover and/or trousers, and/or helmet cover are also acceptable.

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

** "Stop Gap": The term "Stop Gap" refers to: "The use of an item on a temporary basis until a suitable, correct replacement item can be obtained. "Stop Gap" items are not to be used on a permanent basis.

 

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.

 

Vendors: Below is a list of acceptable, recommended vendors of original and reproduction military items.

 

1944 Militaria: http://www.1944militaria.com 856-358-4032

At The Front: http://atthefront.com/ 866-213-3946 /

Bill Bureau's Militaria: http://www.stby.com/bbm/ 508-543-8315

Blitzkrieg Military Supply http://www.blitzkriegmilitary.com/ 763-263-1263

Bunker Militaria: http://bunkermilitaria.com/ 713-771-1127

Da' Fat Boy: http://www.dafatboy.com/orderinfo/orderinfo.html,

Dutchies Militaria: http://www.dutchiesmilitaria.com/

Grigsby Militaria: http://www.grigsbymilitaria.com/ 931-537- 9165

Landser Outfitters: http://www.landser.com/ 949-305-1973

Lost Battalions: http://www.lostbattalions.com/index.html 972-690-1945

SM Wholesale: http://smwholesale.com/ 323-804-7635

Soldat FHQ: http://www.soldat.com/ 406-293-9630

Traders of the Lost Surplus: http://www.totls.com/IE_index.html 760-329-6964

Trident Militaria: http://www.tridentmilitary.com/ 724-784-0400

Western European Products (Wephaus): http://www.wephaus.com/index.php 601-795-8094

World Wide Military Exchange: http://www.wwmeinc.com/ 630-761-4004

WWII Quartermaster Depot: http://www.ww2quartermasterdepot.com 312-884-0050

(Or check with the unit Supply Clerk)

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