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Basic Soldat Equipment

 

The following information is a basic summary of our requirements to participate in the unit. Don't worry if you can't afford everything yet. We can outfit someone with extra gear if you are thinking of joining. That way, you can find out if you truly would like to join, without the fear of losing your investment.

A more detailed description is in our handbook. A great book to buy for equipment identification is John Angolia's Uniforms, Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945, Volume 3. It lists everything about your equipment in unbelievable detail.

 

Acceptable camouflage patterns are as follows:

  Plane Tree (models 1 through 6) - For use on headgear, zeltbahns, and smocks, etc.

  Blurred Edge - For use on headgear, zeltbahns, and smocks, etc.

  Oak Leaf (types A and B) - For use on headgear, zeltbahns, and smocks, etc.

  Dot-44 - One of the major advantages for a new recruit is that the 44 dot tunic and pants eliminate the initial expense of both a wool feld grau uniform and camo smock and still being 100% correct



Minimum Uniform Authenticity Standards (You will have 1 year from joining to meet this requirement)

  M40/M43 Wool Tunic or Dot-44

  M36/40/43 Trousers in feld-grau with slash pockets or Dot-44

  "Sleep" shirt or a medium grey cotton dress shirt

  Field caps - Feldmutze in feldgrau wool or camouflage M43

  Jackboots or ankle type boots with gaiters

  Type II Camouflage Smock or Dot-44 uniform



Field Equipment (You will have 1 year from joining to meet this requirement)

 

  Black leather three compartment ammo pouches for 98K with stripper clips

  K98 bayonet with frog - Original K98K bayonet with scabbard/ wood or bakelite grips

  Black leather belt and SS EM buckle

  Bread bag - Gray/green canvas with leather straps on flap

  Canteen with cup - Covered with wool/felt and the metal cup in feldgrau or black bakelite

  Gas mask with canister - Painted in feldgrau. The use of the mask is optional in the field

  E-tool - Original straight or folding types, with correct black leather carrier

  Y-straps - Black leather with the 5 leg type preferred ( No DAK webbing)

  A-frame and bag - To carry personal effects and the emergency EIsernes Ration (optional)

  Mess tin - Original or East German in feldgrau or black with correct leather strap

  Combination fork-spoon eating utensil (optional)

  Flashlight - Original or Bundeswehr in feldgrau or black. Please: NO East German (optional)

  "D" Rings - Original or replica Black leather belt loop with square or D shaped ring

  Zeltbahn (shelter quarter SS pattern)

  Type I SS camouflage smock and helmet cover

  M-35, M-40, M-42 pattern Stahlhelm (helmet)

  Wallet - While not required they are both handy and add authenticity

  SS Soldbuch (dose not have to be filled out but makes your impression better when it is)



 

Weapons

  Rifle Model K98 carbine - Standard service rifle authorized for all enlisted personnel

  8mm Blanks (60 Rounds to fill your ammo pouches)

  Flare Pistols should generally only be carried by the likes of officers, NCOs, and vehicle owners

  Pistols like the P-38 and P-08 should generally only be carried by the likes of officers, medical personnel, MG crews, all NCOs, vehicle owners, artillery crews, antitank crews, signals personnel, drivers

 

Insignia

  White or grey thread SS rune collar tabs

  "Bevo" Hohenstaufen cuff title

  "Bevo" or machine embroidered SS sleeve eagle

  Black wool shoulder boards with gold yellow (recon/Cavalry) waffenfarbe

Appearance

  Haircuts must be above the collar of the shirt and cannot touch the ears

  Hairline must stop at or above the ears

  No side-burns, mustaches, or beards will be allowed

  Absolutely NO EARRINGS ALLOWED!

  Rings (only a wedding band can be worn on the right hand its European custom)

  Good Attitude - This is a very important issue within the 9th SS and within our hobby For the best overall impression it is best to leave the present day at home. Remember this!

The above are basic starter items that every reenactor in this unit should have.To avoid a completely rag-tag look, think of the unit as well as your own impression. Some uniformity is required. This is the military, so lets be as consistent as we can.

Sewing Bevo Insignia:
1. Trim the border material about 1/4-1/2 inch from the actual insignia.
2. With a warm iron or fabric cement, roll the border back and crease along the edge of the insignia.
3. Sew patch on. Yes, this is a pain in the rear.

Warning
1. Trimming the border off at the edge of the insignia will result in fraying or the patch.
2. Using too hot a setting on the iron can melt the insignia.

Sewing tips:
The following are the wartime regulations for sewing on SS sleeve insignia:

Sleeve eagle: 16cm down from the shoulder seam centered on the left arm.

Rank chevrons or national shields (when worn in the early, upper-sleeve position) are to be placed 1.5cm
below the sleeve eagle, centered.

National shields for foreign volunteers were sewn to the lower arm (just above the cuff title) before 1944;
on the upper arm (below the sleeve eagle) starting in 1944

SS Insignia placement was notoriously cavalier: Just to make things worse, the SS were particularily known for taking
great personal liberties with their insignia and its' placement irrespective of regulations.
We strongly recommend you consult the SS insignia books by John Angolia for more details.

 

Get it right

1.                  Tip: Sew on your award cuff title about 15cm (5.9") from the end of the left cuff on a standard tunic, or almost to the edge of the turn-back on the cuff of a greatcoat.

 

 

Get it right!

1.                  At the start of 1944, an order was issued for all branches of the service to discard the silver NCO Tresse (braid)
on their collars and shoulder boards and replace it with the subdued gray type.
As one might imagine, due to supply problems, this was easier said than done...
you still saw a mix of silver and gray Tresse on German NCO's.