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On August 3rd, 1941, Joseph Stalin declared a partisan war against the Germans.  This officially marked the beginning of the partisan war on the Eastern front.  Partisans saw action on every front of the war and were utilized by both sides. Everything here was made from old clothing items I already had around the house and period pouches are available for rent at the events.  Though not a suitable final impression for the MOA, a partisan impression is a perfect way for beginners to participate in events and still fit in to the period setting.  

Partisans saw frequent action in both the Ukraine and Russia.  Russian soldiers, scattered by the rapid German advance, were known to don civilian clothing and carry out the fight behind enemy lines.  Sites of massive battles provided plenty of guns, equipment, and ammunition.  Yet not all partisans were Soviet.  After suffering many years of oppression under the soviet regime, most notable during the holodomor, some of the Ukrainians greeted the German forces as liberators and many flocked to help the Axis forces to rid their country of the Russians.  

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The Russians and Ukrainians lived very simply when compared to their European counterparts.  Most were farmers and lived in small villages scattered across the land.  Stick to simple, rough materials such as plain leather, corduroy, and wool and you cannot go wrong.  Avoid fabric with sheens and stick to earthen tones.  Combine a rough pair of pants with some plain leather boots, a dull button down, and a beaten suitcoat, and you are ready to go.  A trip to goodwill can have all this for under $30.

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Winter didn't see an end to partisan operations on the eastern front.  For colder weather, the same rules apply when it comes to uniforms.  Simple, rugged, and plain civilian or period looking surplus items are the way to go.  

Have only a few items of a Russian or German impression?  If you have an incomplete Russian or German impression, feel free to use the items you have, along with civilian items, as part of a partisan impression!  It wasn't uncommon for partisans to use pieces of captured military uniforms to supplement what they had.  

Don't let a lack of a uniform stop you from coming to an event!  Simply follow some of the guidelines above, look at some photos on the web, and take a trip to your local goodwill, and you are well on your way to your first impression!


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Looking good Aldrich! Very informative post, keep them coming. I think your idea of posting pic's with examples of what to wear is a great idea. The fedora is great by the way, perfect example of what many German Volksturm and Allied partisans would have worn. You could put on a Volksturm armband on your second pic and it would look great for a Battle of Berlin impression, minus the shotgun.

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minus the shotgun.

Paul - That would be my fault as I've kept him waiting for his Mauser longer than I wanted to.  But he'll have it by McCoy and possibly sooner.

Aldrich - Nice post.  Informative and a good reminder that there are inexpensive ways to break into the hobby.  But you need to polish your boots.  They are crying out for some moisture.  :;):


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