Equipment Requirements

The following is a list of the items that make up your basic 1944 Grenadier's impression. Before purchasing anything, make sure you talk to an established member of the unit.

Helmet

M35, M40 or M42 helmet without decals. Original shells that have been restored are preferred but reproduction helmets are acceptable. Post war Spanish helmets are not allowed.

Jacket

M36, M40, or M43 field jacket, with generic litzen, breast eagle, belt hooks, and shoulder boards with white piping. The German Army did not distinguish between "models" of tunics so all are acceptable. The M44 tunic is not recommended due to its late issue and limited fit for many scenarios.

Pants

M36, M40, M42 or M43 trousers. Suspenders are recommended for all types of trousers. Once again, all models saw service and the German Army did not distinguish between trouser variations.

Shirt

Service shirt, work shirt, or appropriate civilian shirt. All shirts should be free of shoulder boards and insignia.

Hat

M34 or M43 field cap with national colors and eagle. M43 models should replace "Chinese factory installed" insignia with BeVo insignia.

Y-Straps

Foot model Y-straps made of leather or DAK webbing with proper metal hardware. Do not get the "lightweight" models that lack the "extra" set of straps for the assault pack. Beware of bargain priced models. You need durable straps that will handle the weight of your gear.

Footwear

M42 low boots with leggings (Gemaschen) or M39 "jackboots." All footwear should have leather soles, heal irons and hobnails.

Belt

Black leather-EM service belt with Heer enlisted buckle. DAK web belts are also acceptable.

Gas Mask Canister

Original gasmask canisters are preferred but reproductions are acceptable. Gas masks will never be used, so having the mask inside the can is optional.

Canteen

3/4 or 1 liter canteen with metal or bakelite cup. These are often restored originals and may be hard to find.

Breadbag

Original, post-war or reproduction breadbag of green or grey canvas and eating utensils (spoon/fork combo).

Messkit

Wartime or postwar messkit painted fieldgray. The "taller" post war Bundeswehr models are acceptable but are not preferred.

Weapons

98K, MP40 or other period airsoft gun with matching ammunition pouches. Bayonet and leather bayonet frog required for 98K carriers.

After assembling your basic impression, the following items can be added at the recruit's leisure.

E-Tool

Entrenching tool (folding or single piece) and leather carrier. Single piece East German and Swedish shovels are acceptable.

Backpack

Original or reproduction assault pack or rucksack. Tornisters are not preferred.

Shelter Quarter

Splinter pattern Zeltbahn with four-hole dish buttons and zinc grommets. Italian shelter quarters and SS Zelts are not allowed.

Winter Jacket

M36, M40 or M42 greatcoat. Mouse gray winter parkas are also allowed.

Authenticity Requirements

Not sure whether or not your gear is good enough? Use the following guidelines to determine what is acceptable for use in the 3rd Pzgr:

LEVEL 4 - UNACCEPTABLE

Gear of level 4 quality has no or little resemblance to original gear used during the war. No attempt has been made to retrofit the piece in question to better resemble an original specimen. Blue jeans, t-shirts, NASCAR caps, and modern military gear are good examples of level 4 equipment. Level 4 gear should be avoided at all costs and is not appropriate for use by 3rd Pzgr members.

LEVEL 3 - SOMEWHAT ACCEPTABLE

Gear of level 3 quality has some resemblance to original gear used during the war, but deviates to such a degree that it is not a permanent solution for one's impression. Post-war gear that differs somewhat from wartime examples and other surplus gear that has been modified to look like a period specimen are good examples of level 3 gear. Level 3 gear displays good faith on the part of the recruit to look the part of a German Soldat. Gear of this quality should be replaced as soon as the person in question can reasonably do so.

LEVEL 2 - COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE

Gear of level 2 quality was reproduced specifically to resemble an original wartime specimen. While not necessarily reproduced to museum level standards, a reasonable attempt has been made to match the materials, pattern, and construction of an original wartime specimen. Gear of this level is completely acceptable as a long term part of one's impression.

LEVEL 1 - MORE THAN ACCEPTABLE

Level 1 gear consists of original wartime specimens, post-war gear that is indistinguishable from originals, and reproductions created to a museum quality standard. Reproduction gear incorporates subtle details that are imperceivable to the layman and untrained eye. Level 1 gear is completely acceptable as a long term part of one's impression.