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“Hoch- und Deutschmeister” permitted List

Those items described below as the Primary Impression are the minimum items required to allow a member to accurately portray a member of the Reichsgrenadier Regiment “Hoch- und Deutschmeister” during the summer months of 1943 and 1944. Those items identified as the Secondary Impression will be used as and when required, therefore there will be less emphasise on acquiring this uniform variant immediately but in the long-term it is recommended that both uniform types are held by all members (new and old).
For veterans of the group this kit list is a ‘gentle’ reminder of your obligations to the group. The rank and awards that you display should be ONLY those approved by the CO.
The following listed supplementary uniform and additional equipment items are not exhaustive but should enable the new recruit to flesh out their impression within the group. It is recommended that any items outside of this approved list provided above are cleared by the Group CO first before they are purchased or used in order that the correct impression is maintained within the group.

Primary Uniform Impression -   Uniform & Insignia[1] if not already supplied with uniform)

  • Olive Green Tropical M43 style service cap;
  • Olive Green Tropical M42 style tunic;
  • Olive Green Tropical ‘Kielhose’ (trousers);
  • Green or Olive EM service shirt with collar;
  • Olive Green Tropical Shorts[2];
  • Ankle boots[3] & Gaiters;
  • Enlisted man’s canvas webbing belt[4];
  • Enlisted man’s ‘Heer’ (army) belt buckle.
  • Infantry Grenadier enlisted man’s shoulder boards (white piped);      
  • Deutschmeister Cross[5] x 2 (to be worn on the enlisted man’s shoulder boards);
  • Late-war collar litzen (silk woven);
  • Army breast eagle – field grey.

Essential Equipment

  • Canvas EM Y-straps[6];
  • Regulation steel helmet – green or grey[7];
  • Leather K98 cartridge pouches;
  • K98 bayonet, sheath & frog;
  • Water bottle (aluminium) in correct felt cover with mug & strap;
  • Mess tin & equipment strap;
  • Olive green or green bread bag;
  • Period Style Spectacles [8] (if applicable).

Additional Equipment

  • Straight or folding spade in correct pattern holder – canvas is permissible;
  • Gas mask tin & strap (Gas mask optional);
  • Splinter Zeltbahn (tent quarter – primary camouflage item)[9];

Primary Weapons

  • K98 rifle with leather sling;
  • Pistol & correct type holster (only if portraying a Machine Gunner or Section Leader);
  • Other weapons as authorised per individual by the CO.

Supplementary Items for Primary Impression (at CO’s agreement only)

  • Regulation steel helmet –‘Cassino-style’  camo;
  • Tropical Water bottle (aluminium) in correct felt cover with mug & strap;
  • Pith Helmet with correct Insignia (NOT AFRIKA KORPS); -EVENING WEAR ONLY!
  • Tropical Breeches – EVENING WEAR ONLY FOR NON-OFFICER ROLES!
  • Jackboots.

Secondary Uniform Impression (Uniform & Insignia)

  • Feldgrau M43 wool service cap;
  • Feldgrau M42/M43 wool tunic;
  • Feldgrau wool ‘Kielhose’ (trousers);
  • Grey service shirt with collar;
  • Ankle boots & Gaiters;
  • Enlisted man’s black leather belt;
  • Enlisted man’s ‘Heer’ (army) belt buckle
  • Infantry Grenadier enlisted man’s shoulder boards (white piped);      
  • Deutschmeister Cross[10] x 2 (to be worn on the enlisted man’s shoulder boards);
  • Late-war collar litzen (silk woven);
  • Army breast eagle – field grey.

Essential Equipment

  • Leather EM Y-straps;
  • Regulation steel helmet – green or grey;
  • Leather K98 cartridge pouches;
  • K98 bayonet, sheath & frog;
  • Water bottle (aluminium) in correct felt cover with mug & strap;
  • Mess tin & equipment strap;
  • Olive green or green bread bag;
  • Period Style Spectacles[11] (if applicable).

Additional Equipment

  • Straight or folding spade in correct pattern holder – canvas is permissible;
  • Gas mask tin & strap (Gas mask optional);

Primary Weapons

  • K98 rifle with leather sling;
  • Pistol & correct type holster (only if portraying a Machine Gunner or Section Leader);
  • Other weapons as authorised per individual by the CO.

Discretionary Items for Secondary Uniform Impression

  • Tunic collar liner (worn with wool tunics & collarless shirt only);
  • White Collarless Service Shirt;
  • Jackboots
  • Feldgrau M38 Army side cap.

Supplementary items that can be used with both Uniform impressions

  • Correct style trouser belt or braces;
  • Deutschmeister Cross x 1(to be worn on the left hand side of the field cap);
  • Grey socks (white rings);
  • ID Disc (Check with Group CO for details to be stamped on disc)
  • Soldbuch;
  • Grey woollen scarf;
  • Grey woollen gloves;
  • Toque;
  • Feldgrau M40 greatcoat;
  • Period style wristwatch (see CO for further guidance);
  • Zeltbahn poles & pegs;
  • Combat ‘A’ frame with attached bag & leather straps;
  • Gas cape/bag (& extra equipment strap to fasten to gas mask tin);
  • Butter dish;
  • Esbit cooker;
  • Knife, fork, spoon set;
  • Flashlight;
  • Rifle cleaning kit.
  • MG Tool pouch (only if portraying a Machine Gunner);
  • Extra D-ring (if portraying a Machine Gunner);
  • Goggles; (Define when appropriate)
  • Map Case (Section Leaders/Dispatch Riders only);
Binoculars (Section Leaders only).

Notes:
 
[1] Standard European insignia ONLY do not apply AFRIKA KORPS insignia!
[2] Authorised for MG Truppe only & only if ALL members wear them at the same time!
[3] NOT Afrika Korp style boots – neither short nor long variety;
[4] Leather belt can be utilised if canvas not available.
[5] AKA the Stalingrad Cross
[6] Leather Y-straps can be utilised if canvas unavailable.
[7] Single Eagle decal will now be permitted to be worn although not mandatory.

[8] Modern Glasses must NOT be worn on display.
[9] N.B. Splinter Helmet Covers & Smocks will only be allowed at CO’s discretion. 

[10] AKA the Stalingrad Cross

[11] Modern Glasses must NOT be worn on display.

The above listed optional extras are not exhaustive but should enable the new recruit to flesh out their impression within the group. It is recommended that any items outside of the lists provided above are cleared by the Group CO first before they are purchased in order that the correct impression is maintained within the group as a whole and for the new recruit to focus their spending and acquirement of the approved uniform and kit accordingly.


Display of Rank on uniforms.

Enlisted men authorised to wear stripes must display that insignia on the left sleeve of all their tunics, their greatcoat and on at least one shirt (preferably one that allows shoulder boards to also be attached). 
Unteroffiziere must display the correct rank on all their tunics, collar tresse must be displayed on your woollen uniform but is now optional on your tropical uniform. The correct shoulder boards must be displayed on your tunics, your greatcoat and on at least one of your shirts.
All members – a breast eagle is allowed as an optional item on one of your shirts – preferably the one that will display your rank and shoulder boards and is worn when shirt-sleeve order is authorised.

More information on how the Uniform is worn in the RGD HuD.


Morning Parade Wear - You should normally wear the tunic, trousers, ankle boots & gaiters (jackboots by permission of group CO only), a belt with buckle, and if on display a bayonet), breadbag, water bottle, mess tins and a gas mask case. Headgear should be a regulation steel helmet. Wear your wool uniform with the collar closed. If you have ankle boots & gaiters (jackboots by permission only) wear these. Next put your bayonet onto the LEFT side of your belt so that when wearing the belt, the weapon sits on front of the left hip. Add to this your breadbag so that it sits on the back of the right hip over the buttock. To the right side of the breadbag, attach the waterbottle via the “D” Ring provided. On the left “D” ring attach the mess tins which should be held together with a leather strap. Now attach the buckle to the belt and place the belt around your middle using the tunic hooks to support it. The belt should sit above your waist and cover the next but last button on your tunic. You should be able to insert two fingers behind the belt comfortably. Next, take the gas mask container and place the strap over your RIGHT shoulder so that the lid of the gas mask comes under your left arm. The strap should go from your right shoulder to your left hip. Hook the container to your belt at the rear with the hook provided. Finally put on a steel helmet, ensuring it is level across the top of the eyes and fastened under the chin. Ensure everything is straight and there are no creases in your clothing. Check everything is hanging straight and check your ‘kameraden’. You are ready for Parade.

Field Order - Add to the above, Y Straps, ammunition pouches, an entrenching tool, a zeltbahn and your personal weapon (KaR98).

When parading with, or working with weapons, dress as above but add to your uniform two regulation ammunition pouches either side of your belt buckle, Your Y straps, attached to the pouches and the rear of the belt, an entrenching tool on your left hip and a zeltbahn attached to the rear of your breadbag or belt. If you have an A Frame this may also be worn with the mess tins and zeltbahn attached. You will also have your personal weapon with you.

Walking Out Dress - In its simplest form you should wear your tunic with collar closed, trousers, ankle boots & gaiters (jackboots by permission only), a belt with buckle, a bayonet (if on display only) and soft regulation headgear.

Here are a few extra tips on getting things right whilst in uniform!

1) Headgear is always worn outdoors – One of the hardest things to teach a recruit is remembering to put on his cap when going outdoors. When you leave the billets or your tent at a re-enactment event, be sure you have on the proper headgear, that it is properly worn and that it is REMOVED indoors (EXCEPT when “under arms” – soldiers who are on official business, who are armed do not 'uncover 'upon entering a building).

2) Items are worn, never carried. If worn, they are worn properly – Soldiers don’t carry overcoats, raincoats etc – over their arms – the item is either worn or left behind (except of course, as part of their field equipment). All items are worn properly – all buttons are buttoned, snaps done etc. Nothing is less military looking than someone walking around with his jacket unbuttoned or his cuff slits flapping about because he failed to ensure they were buttoned. While many might think that such things are ‘macho’ looking, good soldiers detest casual sloppiness; buttons are meant to be buttoned and when they are not, it offends the good soldier’s sense of ‘natural order’.

3) Complete uniforms are always worn – This is corollary to the above, not the same thing. Everything can be worn correctly and the uniform still not be complete. Whilst most re-enactors get their field equipment correct, few get the ‘German Soldiers’ other forms of dress right. Off duty – low shoes & the SchirmmŌčtze were often worn, but only in relatively secure areas – otherwise, the duty uniform was worn – but this would be entirely appropriate for wear in the cantonment area during non-battle times at re-enactments.

4) Soldiers generally shave once a day – Good soldiers do not appear unshaven. Units ensure that soldiers maintain cleanliness at all times as a matter of preserving health; part of that routine is a daily shave. While no one would have expected the soldier to shave while bullets were flying, part of the “after operations” cleanup would have been a return to normal standards. Whilst some would find the unshaven look cool, a good unit would find it unacceptable.

5) Medals and awards - Each new member is entitled to be awarded many of the medals that the Third Reich produced. However, a new member must accept that to begin with, no medals are to be worn on their uniform, until they have been officially granted for wear by their Group CO. Party badges and party armbands are forbidden. Medals are awarded on the grounds of continuous commitment to the unit and general obedience as a soldier.

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