Saturday, July 28, 2007

Impressions - German Army (Heer) - 1942

This was another impression taken at the Military Through the Ages event in Fayetteville.

This soldier is typical of the regular German Heer in Europe throughout the war, although is fellow's attire is probably more suited to the early portion of the war - he's still looking dapper. Although German Heer, this fellow is actually one of many Austrians "invited" to join the Heer. Too bad he didn't have the luck of the Von Trapp family - now he's in the stinkin' German army. :-)

As a rifleman, he's armed with the Mauser Karabiner 98k, a five-shot bolt-action weapon. Tucked into this belt is a Model 24 Stielhandgranate or "Stick" grenade for offensive action. He also would have had access to the Model 39 Eihandgranate, which was a defensive egg-shaped grenade. His kit is standard for a rifleman, consisting of a leather set of accoutrements. The components consist of the distinctive "Y" strap that holds up the equipment belt. The belt has four ammo pouches, bread bag, canteen, and an entrenching tool attached to it.

His uniform did not change much during the course of the war, except for minor modifications. He wears the M1939 tunic or "Feldbluse" of the common field gray (feldgrau) color. In the summer months he may have been issues the M1940 HBT uniform coat. His trousers (langhosen) are M1940 type of the same color. Prior to the war, Germany stockpiled great quanities of uniforms and some of the trouser stockpiles were of the M1936 type made from a stone gray (steingrau) colored wool. He also wears the M1934 Field Cap (feldmutze) and ankle boots and gaitors (gemaschen). Hanging from his belt is his M1935 helmet (stalhelm).

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