Uniform & Kit ("Impression") Requirements
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Below Left and Center are illustrations of the classic GJ impression. Below right is the equipment insert from the Soldbuch of Jäger Franz Schwab. Schwab was inducted into the Wehrmacht on Feb 2, 1942 and trained as a Gebirgsjäger Pionier with the Geb. Pio. Btl 82. He was transferred to GJR 138 and was KIA on Nov 28, 1942 during the Soviet Counter-offensive at Velikiye Luki, a strategic city on the rail line between Riga Latvia and Moscow. Schwab was 31 years old. The insert is one that is made specifically for GJR units and reflects the special equipment and uniform parts that were issues. You can download a pdf of this and also an English translation after the photo of the insert below. Click on an image to get a larger view.
Basic Field Gear Kit Requirements:
Prioritize these items for purchase before other field gear items. We can generally lend you gear that you can't find
Click on the image above for full size photo with description.
STEP 3: RUCKSACK
Because GJ operated in the mountains where their supply lines could not reach them and because they had special equipment, the rucksack was larger and vital. Currently these are hard to find; check with the unit leadership on loaned rucks. Below are photos of original and reproduction rucksacks. Left are the 3 pocket rucks and at Right are the two pocket rucks.
STEP 4: CAMPING
Most of our events involve camping outdoors. We provide a large troop tent for your shelter, but you will need a cot or sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, etc. You may use modern items here for the sake of comfort, warmth and practicality, but we expect modern items to be covered during the event. Grey wool blankets and a white pillowcase do the job.
If you want a reproduction German blanket, many of our vendors above provide them at various prices. A great example is here:
Wooden stool or wooden folding chair (check antique shops for chairs). This is a well-made Schemel (stool)
Facial hair (mustache or beard) is forbidden unless you have an exception granted by the commander. Gebirgsjägers were permitted to have facial hair in the mountains but it was not common. Ten members out of 50 with facial hair is 5 members too many.
In general, your haircut should be as close to a period German WW2 regulation as is practical for you. Click on the gallery below for examples of "short back and sides, long on top"
Equipment Enhancements (not required)
These items are mainly for display and can be found at antique shops, ebay, etc.
Snowshoes, Skis, Ice Axe, Piton Hammer, Pitons, Crampons
Warm Weather Requirements:
Prioritize these last.
Having a cotton uniform for warmer weather is helpful. Hessen and Kelly's generally have them in stock.
Wehrmacht Heer GREEN HBT (Herringbone Twill)
No Afrika Korps (DAK)
No Tropical Heer, Kriegsmarine or Luftwaffe
No Jackboots, no desert high boots, no desert low boots
Basic Uniform Requirements:
Prioritize these items for purchase before other uniform items. Some items have links to multiple vendors in case your size or the item isn't available.
STEP 1: TUNIC & TROUSERS
Click on the gallery below for full size photos of tunic details.
M36 or M40 "tunic"
Shoulderboards (1 pair) Early war dark green with light green branch color
Litzen (collar tabs)www.hessenantique.com/Enlisted_Collar_Tabs_Litzen_p/2119203.htm
Trousers, Belt Hooks, Suspenders, Puttees
Click on gallery below for full size photos of Trouser, Puttee, Suspender & Belt Hook Details
Hiki's current run of M37 Berghosen in Steingrau color is top choice:
Gavin has a great deal on belt hooks, internal suspenders, and a gas canister:
Wool "Wickelgemaschen" (puttees) were wrapped around the trouser bottom and boot top
Alternative: Canvas buckled ankle wraps (if puttees unavailable)
STEP 2: BOOTS & HAT
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Finding affordable mountain boots is not easy. Koutny and makes custom boots that are very authentic. You can also go with nailed Swiss mountain boots if available. If you can't find or cannot afford mountain boots right away, go with low ankle boots. Please avoid marching/jackboots unless there are no other options.
(Bergmutz with short brim, not an M43) Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the vendor contact. We have these custom made for us.
STEP 3: SHIRT & SWEATER
This is not a high priority since it will generally be hidden under your tunic. You can make do with something in your closet if you are prioritizing spending.
“Tank” undershirt (no t-shirts)
You can also just get modern Hanes tank undershirts
Uniform Enhancements (not required)
While not required, this is a signature item, like the Windjacket. They are very useful to keep wind, rain and mud off your wool.
See this page for photos of originals:
Windbluse and Windjacket
Mantel: Hessen or Kelley's recommended
Gallery shows Anoarak, Windjacket and the M36, M40 and M42 Mantels. Differences are primarily in the collar. The 42 tends to be the warmest.