Equipment Requirements

The following is a list of the items that make up a basic 1943 Ostfront Partisan impression. Contact the Partisan Brigade Coordinator, Sgt. Grifyenov of the 198th, if you have any questions.

REQUIRED BASIC GEAR:

EYE PROTECTION with elastic retaining strap that meets ANSI z.87.1- See the Field Rules page for details (Highly Recommended: facemask, mouthguard or balaclava over mouth to prevent chipped teeth.)

Headgear: You MUST wear a hat of some sort. For men, the three most common civilian styles were the felt fedora; the Greek fisherman-style cap (remove any brocade or trim sewn to the brim;) and the cabbie cap (the floppier, the better.) For women, the common field styles were the beret, the watch cap-style stocking cap, and the “babuska kerchief.” Sheepskin caps were also common for both sexes. Regular army helmets, ushanka, or caps from the appropriate side were also often worn by both sexes. AVOID: BASEBALL CAPS, LOGOS AND BRIGHT COLORS!

Shirt: For men, a buttonfront long-sleeved dress shirt with or without collar in any subdued solid color – white, off-white and khaki being most common. For women, a knee-length short-sleeved cotton dress of 1940s-cut and fabric pattern, or women’s cotton blouse with or without collar. AVOID: SYNTHETIC MATERIALS!

Vest layer: (Optional) Wool or cotton turtleneck sweater of solid subdued color; or sweater-vest of subdued color and pattern; or single-breasted vest with three or more buttons in fabric or leather. AVOID: BRIGHT COLORS AND SYNTHETIC MATERIALS!

Jacket: Wool, tweed, leather or heavy cotton men’s or women’s dress or work jacket in subdued dark colors or pinstripes, buttonfront ONLY, single- or doublebreasted. AVOID: BRIGHT COLORS, DENIM, SYNTHETIC MATERIALS, ZIPPERS, AND EMBLEMS!

Trousers: Wool or cotton highwaisted slacks for men or women in subdued solid colors or pinstripes, with buttonfly if possible. Hold them up with suspenders, a leather or webbing belt, or a length of jute rope. For women, a dark-colored knee-length cotton or wool skirt is also acceptable. AVOID: JEANS, ANY PANTS WITH THIGH POCKETS, JEANS, BRIGHT COLORS, JEANS, SYNTHETIC MATERIALS, JEANS, AND BDUs!

Jacket Belt: (Optional) 1 ½” or wider brown or black leather belt, or captured military belt.

Footgear: Brown or black leather lace-up oxford-style shoes; brown or black pull-on ankle boots; Black leather calf-length sapogi boots; black leather jackboots; or brown or black lace-up boots. AVOID: FABRIC JUNGLE BOOTS, TENNIS SHOES, HIGH HEELS, RUBBER BOOTS, COWBOY BOOTS, AND ENGINEER’S BOOTS WITH STRAPS OR BUCKLES!

Coat and Gloves: (Winter Events Only) Wool, quilted cotton, or leather thigh-length coat or overcoat, buttonfront only, single- or doublebreasted, with leather lined or knit wool gloves. AVOID: BRIGHT COLORS, SYNTHETIC MATERIALS, LOGOS OR EMBLEMS, AND ZIPPERS!

PERSONAL WEAPONS:

Currently, WW2-era Ostfront airsoft weapons are difficult to find. Members of our unit are furiously working to address this situation, but if you cannot find or afford an appropriate weapon at this time, please do not let that deter you from joining our unit for events. Each unit usually has loaner weapons available to rent, but you must contact a unit commander BEFORE the event to reserve one. Throughout the war, both sides fielded unarmed civilian sympathizers as “eyes, ears, and hands." Even if all loaner weapons have been reserved and you do not have one of your own, you can still muster with a unit as a spotter, ammo bearer, message runner, or scout.

Preferred Weapons: Mosin-Nagant 91/30 springer rifle; Mosin-Nagant M38 springer carbine; SVT-40 AEG; PPSh-41 AEG; DP gas gun or AEG; Mauser Gew98 springer or gas rifle; Mauser K98 springer or gas rifle; MP40 AEG; M1928 Thompson SMG AEG; Broomhandle Mauser gas gun; Winchester M1895 lever-action springer or gas gun; Tokarev TT-30 springer or gas pistol; service revolver-style gas revolver (no barrel ribs, finger groove grips or silver plating.)

Acceptable Weapons: K98 springer or gas rifle; MP40 AEG; M1928 Thompson SMG AEG; Broomhandle Mauser gas gun with detachable shoulder stock.

Temporarily Acceptable Weapons (these weapons will need to be converted into period styles in order to be part of a long-term impression:) Remington-style bolt-action springer or gas rifle without scope, bipod or rail; M14 AEG rifle without scope, bipod, or rail; Winchester lever-action springer or gas rifle; fullstock springer or gas pump shotgun without rail; M1911 Colt .45 auto springer or gas pistol.

Authenticity Requirements

Not sure whether or not your gear is good enough? Use the following guidelines to determine what is acceptable for use in a Midwest Ostfront event:

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, rubber boots 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 field use at any Midwest Ostfront event.

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, or gear that has been poorly 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 Partisan and is not frowned upon; however, to improve one’s impression, gear of this quality should be replaced or reworked as soon as possible.

LEVEL 2 - COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE
Gear of level 2 quality was either commercially or skillfully homemade to closely resemble an original wartime specimen. While not necessarily reproduced to museum-level standards, a reasonable attempt has been made to match the materials, pattern, size 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. Level 1 gear is completely acceptable as a long-term part of one's impression.