2. SS Pz. Div. Das Reich SS Panzergrenadier Regt.

4 “Der Führer” Applicant Handbook

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Before you start getting into your reading of this handbook, be aware: WE WILL NOT ACCEPT NAZIS OR PRO-NAZI POLITICS. We do not want extremist acts and politics associated with this unit, and all potential members must be aware of the sensitive nature of this hobby and the soldaten we portray. Anyone with political agendas will be removed from the unit immediately.

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Table of Contents
Introduction .....................................................................................................................4 Authenticity....................................................................................................................5 Male Appearance Standards...................................................................................................................5 Female Appearance Standards...............................................................................................................6 Impression Requirements................................................................................................9 When to Buy............................................................................................................................................9 Soldat Impression...................................................................................................................................9 Infantry (“Infanterie”)...........................................................................................................................13 Reconnaissance (Aufklärungstruppen).................................................................................................14 Signals (Nachrichtentruppen)...............................................................................................................15 Medical (Sanitätstruppen).....................................................................................................................16 Military Police (Feldgendarme).............................................................................................................17 Weapons...............................................................................................................................................18 Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM) ..............................................................................................................20 Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (DRK)...............................................................................................................20 Helferinnen............................................................................................................................................22 Membership and Rank....................................................................................................24 Probationary Period...............................................................................................................................24 Guidelines For Minors............................................................................................................................25 Behavior and Conduct...................................................................................................26 Public Events.........................................................................................................................................26 During Battles.......................................................................................................................................26 Politics and Political Items....................................................................................................................26 Uniform Wear Guidelines......................................................................................................................27 Safety...........................................................................................................................30 Weapons and Ammunition....................................................................................................................30 Firing Procedures..................................................................................................................................30 Personal Protective Equipment.............................................................................................................30 Explosives and Smoke-Producing Devices...........................................................................................31 Safety Inspections.................................................................................................................................31 Combat Scenarios.................................................................................................................................31 Health and Medical Concerns...............................................................................................................32 Vehicles.................................................................................................................................................33 Miscellaneous........................................................................................................................................33 Disclaimer......................................................................................................................34

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we strive to accept members based on their compatibility with us and our aims. if accepted into our unit. as well as this unit. we do have some basic guidelines for operations and behavior that serve to make the reenactment experience as involving and mutually enjoyable for all. Please review and familiarize yourself with this handbook. this is a hobby we enter. We are providing within a very basic primer to orient a new member with this hobby. so we can always recommend an alternate if you’re looking for something else. though we realize that more education will come with time and exposure. All members must be knowledgeable about their impression. Research. This is a selection of information most essential to prospective applicants to our unit. especially through period documents and original materials. as well as tactical requirements and essential knowledge. While the information herein is a foundation. and expect all our members to become as immersed as possible in their impression and the history of the soldaten we portray.Introduction It is our hope that this handbook will serve to inform the incoming soldaten recruits as to the rules and operational procedures of 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 4 “Der Führer”. It is important for all reenactors within our unit to understand the history and customs of the SS soldat. both historically and in reenacting. We do have high standards of accuracy. why invest the time and money? We hope your perusal of the handbook will give you an idea of who we are and what we stand for. We do understand though. 4 . your continued participation will be contingent upon behavior in accordance with these rules. which includes historical and procedural information. it is by no means a stopping point or end-all in educational resources. and be able to accurately portray these soldaten during events. Otherwise. There are a host of units in the area with different values and goals. A full handbook will be provided to a member upon entrance into his/her probationary period. is half the fun of reenacting! Our unit has a desire to balance out the authenticity and fun aspects of this hobby. and have the expectation of fun at our events. While the main goal of our unit is the enjoyment of our hobby.

we're not requiring everyone to have the strictest whitewalled haricuts. Pomade or hair cream should be used to keep hair neat and in place. We are attempting to portray actual events that occurred in a real unit during a bona fide military conflict. There are obviously guidelines as to what is and is not acceptable for use during events. with a high side part. especially public events. we do require our members to adhere to grooming and physical standards similar to the original wartime SS. check with the unit command before bringing. or passable modern items that can be used as part of your miscellaneous kit. do not ignore it! Try to buy authentic whenever possible/feasible/affordable. There will be no vinyl helmet decals. Essentially. Hair: Cut and Styling The German military is infamous for its signature soldat cut. or using anything not purchased directly from our equipment list. This haircut is shaved closely from the bottom of the hairline up to slightly over an inch above the ears. buying. Because we try to portray these soldaten with accuracy. Many modern-day items can be used for personal necessities. but MUST be kept out of sight during public display times. you should notice a certain "look" of the German soldat that differed from his Allied counterparts: neater. Because this is a hobby from which we eventually return home. ALL equipment and uniform items MUST be period-appropriate and/or unit-approved. more overall serious.Authenticity The definition of “history” comes into crucial importance here. more composed. since our members took an absurd amount of time gathering this information. MALE APPEARANCE STANDARDS If you look at war-time photographs. The longer hair is either slicked back or to the side. This shaved area is tapered to longer hair up top. We’ll give our approval or dissent of the item. and a clean. which was left with a rather substantial bit of length to it. but do demand similarity. with this hairline sloping down in the back to various extents. and you will be amazed by our authoritative prowess. An equipment list with pictures and recommended vendor list is available on our website. sharp appearance. If you’re like most of us. we can recommend quite the list of reproduction items at decent prices. 5 . fancy bling necklaces or Ray Bans here. hoping rather than realizing your dreams of financial excess.

it should go without saying that sideburns are not allowed. We place the strictest importance on physical accuracy for all our members. depending on age and desired activities. Soldaten participating at tactical events are not required to shave on a daily basis during the event or immediately preceding it.*Female hair standards for combat impression are covered in the Female section. especially when not directly working on something. and are not allowed. and requires a mandatory review. Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (DRK) or Helferin. such as Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM). so long as you keep the growth uniform to achieve a field worn look. they were not allowed for SS troops. Because of the haircut standards. We do allow combat females. regardless of gender. but they will normally conform to basic standards for any combat participant. or slightly smaller. the lenses are about as large in diameter as the width of the eye. modern glasses distract from your impression. but daily stubble is allowable when the public is not at hand. wire-rimmed frames. Posture As mentioned earlier. either wear period-appropriate frames or opt for contacts. For our purposes. Though mustaches were occasionally seen in the Army. and our unit will adhere to the standards set forth at each event without exception!* Facial Hair Not allowed in this unit! Beards were only approved for Gebirschjager troops located in the highest altitudes. never in the pockets. silver in color. Glasses Period-appropriate glassed consist of round. Hands were either occupied or straight at the sides. so females wishing to portray soldaten must comply with these standards. Keep a military bearing about yourself. the German soldat held himself straight and proper at all times. Intentional beards or groomed facial growth are never permitted. but approval for this impression is on a case-by-case basis. Sizewise. and then only minimal growth was approved. The stems must curve behind the ears for authenticity and support of the frames. FEMALE APPEARANCE STANDARDS We do accept females within our ranks. but encourage them to choose genderspecific impressions. we only make the slightest gender-based exceptions. so all soldaten must be clean-shaven. There are some events where haircut rules will be loosened for females. 6 . This is the prerogative of the individual event organizer.

regardless of gender. We may subsequently allow combat participation at certain tacticals.Figure and Physique Standards Combat females must be able to wear a standard-sized field uniform in its entirety. If hair is to be put up. so some women will not be authorized for combat impressions at these events. pinned. we will allow women event-based combat roles. We will NEVER make uniform and kit exceptions. assume that basic authenticity standards will apply. you may be precluded from soldat portrayal. or the like! Hair color must also be a naturally occurring shade. Females MUST pass haircut inspections with cover off – we do NOT allow folded. under normal circumstances. including “natural” looks. this is not a glamour hobby or fashion show. While straight pulled-back hair is acceptable in most cases. scrunchies. Haircut Requirements Hair must conform to the standard male combat requirements for any combat impression. or bunned hair for combatants. Sports bras or other binding device are mandatory for women wishing to portray combatants. Interested parties will be notified beforehand if any appearance-based exceptions will be made at events. only in a natural setting. where a more long-distance standard of authenticity applies. and to period styles. and be tapered up from this shorter length on the bottom and sides to the longer allowable bulk on top. Females portraying gender-specific support impressions must also wear their hair in period and culturally appropriate fashion. While there are only so many measures that can be taken to conceal the figure. it does provide much more public impact to have the “flashier” styled hair. with no extreme highlights or tints that would detract from the authenticity of a reenactor’s impression. If you cannot or will not disguise your gender. all options should be exercised to conform to the male physique. Female figures must be concealed as best as possible. all devices used to secure hair must also be period – no banana clips. or bold colors are expressly prohibited. 7 . Public events are obviously the most up-close we will get for inspection by others. Women who portray auxiliary personnel are allowed the minimum of cosmetics. and tunic belts may be required to be worn loosely in concealment of the waistline. headbands. Extreme amounts of make-up. Make-up Females portraying combat soldaten are NEVER to wear make-up of any type under any circumstances. Exceptions Occasionally. hair cuts must not touch the ears or collar. Therefore.

Females attending under these circumstances may not carry weapons or fight as combatants. accurate standards is a small price to pay. period. but may be utilized in camp-work roles. so plan on meeting the unit either in support uniform or civilian clothes before even thinking about investing in field gear. if they are in Russian uniforms with their hair pulled back. If. however. so mild adaptation of your appearance to gender-neutral.Females with long hair may be allowed at Ost Front tactical events at camp. 8 . any unit members in Russian uniforms are expected to return with their “fellow” soldiers and leave our group. the camp or base site is overtaken by Russian forces. You will be hardpressed to get the opportunity to enter combat portrayal anywhere else. Be appreciative though: we are one of the only units in this hobby who allow females to do combat. All female combat roles are decided on a case-by-case basis though.

SS-collar tabs with appropriate rank.Impression Requirements WHEN TO BUY If you’re unsure about joining the hobby. Converted uniform items are not acceptable. or complete adequate time in service. which includes the basic gear and uniform items issued to all soldaten. The M-32 uniform set is expressly prohibited. If you wish to spend an event with our unit before committing to the expense of purchase. Once you start acquiring the kit. as are any other black or white colored uniforms. members can add to their impressions by purchasing items for a specialty impression. Cufftitle is authorized for wear after completion of probationary period. including Swedish and East German conversions. Rekrut Kit Required before acceptance into training program. try to buy it as soon as possible. Tunic must have all insignia including sleeve eagle. M-44 type. Tunic (Feldbluse) M-36. you must be dressed in period-appropriate. M-36 = 1936). and sleeve chevron if warranted by rank. Basic uniform must be wool. so make sure all uniform items are appropriate to the event you are attending. but will obviously preclude you from battles. non-partisan civilian clothing. including all required field gear and weapons. so it is in your best interest to get everything you’ll need to fight before making the active decision to join. with HBT’s an OPTIONAL secondary acquisition.g. Note the “type” of item usually designates the year it was put into service (e. Soldaten will not be allowed on the battlefield without the complete combat impression. or any other relics of the Allgemeine-SS. M-43. and would like to meet the unit at a public event to get a feel for it. M-37. you are welcome! We do not require people to purchase the entire uniform just to say hello. All new members will begin their time in this unit as a Schutze in the Infantry company. This will allow you into the camp for extended periods. SS-enlisted shoulder boards with appropriate piping. feldgrau wool. Once you receive a promotion. M-40. Trousers (Hosen) 9 . Acquisition of K-98 is strongly encouraged in recruit status. SOLDAT IMPRESSION All members of the unit wishing to portray a combat persona are required to have the enlisted man’s kit. so the basic soldat gear will more than adequately prepare you for that role.

Hat insignia: bevo or embroidered wool skull centered on front. Though these are the essential items. with national eagle on left side. as they were standard issue since mid-war. or khaki Ammunition pouches (Patronentaschen) 2. Tactical Kit Includes all of the above plus the following field gear and equipment that is essential to a member’s performance at tactical events and scenarios. silver in color. Boots (Stiefel) Low boots (brown or black) w/gaiters are preferred. Jackboots (black) also acceptable. We expect boots to be properly maintained between events. black leather 10 . and a good local cobbler will be able to resole and install hobnails on boots. Buckle will be painted feldgrau (preferable) or left uncolored. Tunic Belt and Buckle (Kopel und Kopelschloss) Enlisted man’s. Bread Bag (Brotbeutel) Feldgrau. Do not attempt to install hobnails yourself without experience and a shoe last. as was the custom. members may want or need to acquire more equipment before participation. Laces are to be straight or “bar” laced. Eyeglasses (Dienstbrille) Period style round wire frames.M-37 straight leg worn with suspenders or M-43 type tapered leg worn with trouser belt. Hat (Mütze) M-43 type for most events. Unit members can assist you with threading laces in this fashion if you are unsure how. and allow for more field mobility. Boot soles must be smooth leather – rubberized soles are NOT acceptable – and hobnailed with heel irons. Belt must be smooth or pebbled black leather. Hat must be feldgrau wool. olive. especially weather-protection items for use in Winter. with a polished wax shine applied to protect the leather and keep a sharp appearance. The M-34 overseas cap encouraged to allow attendance at early-war events. Vendors offer hobnails for purchase. feldgrau wool. with frames curving behind the ears.

but should have them within a year of membership. Wool blanket Gray. with or without stripes or logos Lighter (Feuerzeug) Pocket trench lighter for smokers.Y-Straps German black leather or khaki canvas Helmet (Stahlhelm) M-35 rolled rim or M-42 sharp rim type. acceptable camouflage pattern Helmet Cover Camouflage or wire 11 . To be worn as side-arm by those not carrying pistols. Bayonet (Sietengewehr) Mauser bayonet with wood or Bakelite grips and black leather frog. plus the following. Spanish helmets are allowable with German leather liner and chin-strap. which are most useful and essential during public events. Public Display Kit Includes all of the above items. Canteen cup must be metal (painted feldgrau or blueblack) or Bakelite. Members are encouraged to get these items as early as needed. Camouflage smock Type I or Type II. painted feldgrau Canteen (Feldflasche) Metal canteen with wool cover. and either exterior conversion or proper camouflage helmet cover. painted feldgrau. Mess kit (Kogeschirr) M-27 or M-31 type. Wooden type matches (preferably with reproduction cover) may be used as a substitute.

three or four (depending on your desired height) Stakes: wood or metal. Flashlight (Taschenlampe) Black or field-grey. after he was exposed to poisonous gas during the Great War. Troops will wear gas mask cans at all times during reenacted battle. feldgrau wool. used for carrying excess gear and equipment Gas mask can M-36 or M-38 types. preferred with colored lenses Field utensils Grey and French Tan full 12 . ID Disc (Erkennungsmarke) Aluminum or zinc Tornister. eight Members are also encouraged to purchase a length of hemp/natural fibered rope to secure the zeltbahn to stakes Paybook (Soldbuch) SS-style. Must have shoulderboards. zeltbahn tents are acceptable for camping purposes Zeltbahn stakes and poles Poles: wooden. Gas masks were carried by mandatory order of the Führer. and/or A-Frame Leather or canvas where applicable. Rucksack. painted feldgrau. Shelter quarter (Zeltbahn) In acceptable camouflage pattern for wear and carry.Toque (Kopfschutze) Feldgrau or grey wool Gloves (Handschue) Wool. black or grey with white size rings Overcoat (Mantel) M-36 or M-40. to be completed with information about your primary persona and carried with you at all times.

Just because an object is inexpensive. Wedding rings are acceptable for wear. Consult with a senior unit member for guidance. We encourage members to purchase appropriate linens for open-barracks displays.Metal spork or German utensil set Butter dish (Fettdose) Bakelite or aluminum Optional Items Personal items. This includes toothbrushes. Be aware of the timeframe of specific events before bringing camouflage items. Our website has a basic run-down of when patterns were introduced into combat. no exception!) If you are unsure about a particular pattern or item. which can often be found at military surplus stores. we allow all SS-authorized camouflage patterns that were worn during the war up through DOT-44. Camouflage Pattern Acceptability Because the unit attends mainly late-war events. and watches. Oak B. must be period style reproductions. Once again – ask for guidance on recommended vendors for these items. if used in openly in camp. Blurred Edge. there are plenty of vendors out there who stock “acceptable” patterns in the most hideous of colors or printing issues. This list includes Planetree. and also in secondary equipment items if that is the only option for purchase. examples in photos can be found on our website. combs. and Palm. hand towels. Neon green and hunter’s orange should NEVER be found on any camouflage. razors. does not mean it’s worth buying! INFANTRY (“INFANTERIE”) Waffenfarbe color: White 13 . HEER patterns are only acceptable for use by HEER transfers (and we encourage replacement eventually with SS patterns). consult a senior unit member for guidance. Dot. your specific impression will determine what other gear you will need to acquire. so make sure yours is appropriate for the period of an event (example: no DOT in pre-1944 events. Likewise. but the German custom is opposite of the American norm: wedding rings on the right hand and engagement rings on the left. nor should specialized maker’s marks. Similarly. Oak A.

and ensure they are ready at any time to defend if attacked or take the brunt of combative contact. Side Arm 14 . Compass (Marschkompaß) Wrist-watch style or hand held. recon troops are more likely to encounter closequarters combat. dust cover.and manpower. stealth. where applicable. and securing strap. Must be appropriate plain wood or metal. When manned weapons are brought into battle.Infantry troops are the backbone of the reenactment unit. other times against entire regiments. including smoke grenades. in leather or Bakelite. weapons crews will be comprised of infantrymen. and maneuverability. sometimes against one or two men. and the recon man’s main focus is information gathering with minimal enemy encounter. Reconnaissance troops must be the most versatile and agile. etc. RECONNAISSANCE (AUFKLÄRUNGSTRUPPEN) Waffenfarbe color: Golden Yellow Reconnaissance troops are expected to have necessary gear for scouting. and be able to assume any supportive role should the situation warrant. Infantry will study in depth the tactics and procedures used in the field. 6x30 with leather carrying strap. and the like. They will be the first to enter and chart terrain. Reproduction or original maps are available and encouraged for purchase. If direct contact with enemy forces is made. such as pencils. German period style. mortars. Binocular case is recommended for longevity. Bakelite or metal Binoculars (Dienstglas) Period-style black binoculars. Hafthohlladung. All members serving in the infantry are encouraged to make or provide additional weapons and offensive devices to use in combat. show an ease of adaptability and maneuverability. Charting supplies. rulers and dividers are also recommended. Infantry troops focus on specialty weapons: anti-tank weapons such as Panzerfausts. infantry personnel will be more highly trained and prepared for heavyweapons use. Though many will be riflemen. Map Case (Meldetasche) Black leather. providing the majority of fire.

Must be period appropriate. wherein they will be responsible for authoring any memoranda. Recommend that Signals personnel have an functional understanding of Morse Code and Flag Semaphore. and related materials. “Weapons” section below for further information. while being responsible for the breach and disruption of enemy forces’ communications. on a 3’ wooden handle Miscellaneous Communication Equipment 15 . Signals personnel will ensure that any communications from Command reach the executive forces with speed and integrity preserved. Telephone Wire w/Carrier (optional) Appropriate period fabric-covered two-strand wire. and telegraph key. with optional backpack reel carrier Semaphore Signal Flags 1 Red cloth flag and 1 white cloth flag. plus e. signals personnel will set up communication lines and install phone lines. headphone. exterior hand crank. Likewise.Reconnaissance personnel are authorized to wear an approved pistol. they will carry over communicative duties to the campsite. See SIGNALS (NACHRICHTENTRUPPEN) Waffenfarbe color: Canary Yellow Signals troops are in charge of basic and advanced communication between unit members and headquarters. D-cell powered Wire Cutters Period-appropriate Electrician’s Equipment Includes soldering tools and accessories. and connectors.B radios for transmissions. Should it be conducive. Radio/Radio Equipment Period style “civilian-type” radio for news updates. Field Phone Bakelite case. torches. event write ups. Includes microphone. 2’ x 2’.

Medic Pouches Black leather. 1-liter specialized canteen to be used when recovering victims from the field First Aid Supplies Period-appropriate medical supplies to fill kits and displays. who may be assigned assiting personnel should the numbers warrant. drawing utensils. See “Weapons” section below for further information. drawing pads. Side Arm Signals personnel are authorized to wear an approved pistol. medicine bottles. only firing defensively if needed to protect themselves or those falling under their care. stamps and ink pads. or perform routine medical procedures for the benefit of the public.Period-appropriate typewriter. writing instruments. notepads. The primary duty of corpsmen will be the retrieval and tending of wounded in the field. White w/Medical Sleeve Diamond (Assisting Corpsmen) The unit will at any one time have one designated Sanitat. film camera. Medical Armband White cloth armband with Red Cross either in fabric or painted Apron White cloth apron. etc. For use at camp-side medical activities. wrap-around with ties. including (but not limited to) syringes. scissors. for wear on the tunic belt Field Kit Over-shoulder cloth medic’s kit with optional red cross logo on the exterior Medical Canteen 2 recommended. During the camp duties. MEDICAL (SANITÄTSTRUPPEN) Waffenfarbe color: Cornflower Blue (Sanitat). bandages. 16 . medical personnel will continue to treat any wounded. tourniquets. etc.

both at camp and in the field. and take charge of any prisoners. used for sounding an alarm Gorget Metal neckpiece. While at camp. MP’s will be in charge of filling these stations either themselves or through the selection of appropriate troops. Likewise. See “Weapons” section below for further information. These are optional. Whistle Period metal tube whistle with appropriate lanyard. Side Arm Medical personnel are authorized to wear an approved pistol. identifying the Military Police from other soldaten 17 . if events require people to man gates or perform security functions at large. MILITARY POLICE (FELDGENDARME) Waffenfarbe color: Orange MP’s provide the security for the unit. MP’s will bring up the rear of the squads. In field formations. If there are tactical roads or areas in the field.Helmet Details Either water-transferred decals on feldgrau helmet or white painted helmet with redpainted crosses on the sides. ensuring that only authorized personnel are allowed into sensitive areas. ensuring control over them and safe and principled return or exchange. they will be in charge of setting up and manning security details and ensure the safety of camp is not breached. MP’s will be in charge of setting up and manning checkpoints.

18 . K-43. consult with command first to ensure your choice of weaponry is acceptable. as well as Styer 1895 Rifle. This item is mandatory for purchase for all members. with red-and-white or red-and-clear top. though some of these weapons may require modifications for ammunition use. Rain Coat Rubberized. G-43. Other types of rifle. See “Weapons” section below for further information. G33/40. Period rifle cleaning kit. GEW-98. Pistol (Pistole) Pistols are authorized for use by NCOs and Officers. Goggles Period-style wrap around Mountain Goggles. medics. German type with cleaning rod and leather sling. Authorized handguns are of period German manufacture. snipers. A limited number of Allied-captured handguns will be allowed at command discretion. or manufacture by any German-occupied or German-friendly wartime country. Pistols must be in a hard or soft shell black leather holster. regardless of rank or specialty impression. in tin or Bakelite is encouraged for campsite use. Yugoslavian Mausers are prohibited. If a member has or wishes to purchase an alternate long gun as his primary piece. such as Mauser types VZ-24. Grey or green. Consult with command to ensure your choice of handgun is acceptable before purchase. black or brown.Traffic Signal Baton Wooden handle. WEAPONS Rifle (Gewehr) K-98 Mauser. Utilized for directing traffic and signaling movement at checkpoints. MP-43 and STG-44 are also acceptable for use in the hobby. trench-style overcoat. Side Arm Feldgendarme personnel are authorized to wear an approved pistol. and weapons crews.

No bladed weapon is ever to be used in combat. MP38/40. whether it is planned or not. Bladed Weapons Bayonets and trench knives are authorized for use as part of the impression. 19 . and MP-44 are allowed for standard carry. If a handto-hand situation is pre-planned and approved by unit command for a battle. ONLY unit-supplied rubber knives are authorized. Types MP-34.Automatic Weapons Authorized for use by anyone outside their probationary period. with the opposing personnel’s approval. Captured weapons may only be carried during a battle on the front from which it was captured.

remaining at the campsite during battles.com. two-pocketed white blouse. Similarly. and various worldly and domestic skills. Uniform The BDM uniform for basic summer events consisted of a short sleeved. involved in nursing and medical assistance. nursing. Within this unit. was essentially a Girl Scouts-type organization designed for girls aged 10 to 21. More information and specifics can be found on the website: www. We all participate in cooking and campsite maintenance. BDMs were seen in the field in these positions. BDM members supported the wartime effort with food and clothing drives. DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ (DRK) The German Red Cross is the national branch of the Red Cross organization. so BDMs aren’t. a BDM is expected to fill much of the same role. camping. fokelore.BUND DEUTSCHER MÄDEL (BDM) BDM. It trained girls in traditions. DRK nurses were found at behind-the-lines field aid stations and throughout the country in essential support and supply roles. and moved up to signaling. but were not authorized by the organization’s leader to operate weaponry. and involve “tending” of any wounded brought into camp. cuffed-down white ankle socks (or knee socks for younger girls) and period appropriate functional shoes. BDMs would also have regional insignia on their left sleeve and the HJ pin on the left front pocket. black neckerchief held with a leather turkshead knot. with the care of wounded soldiers and POWs. and auxiliary support positions as they grew older. Participation would be camp-based. in any way. a reenactor in this scenario would be expected to learn about the original organization for public education and acquire the basic uniform. DRKs would assist the unit Sanitat in any necessary tasks. cooking. Any extra activities or acquisitions are contingent on the depth and direction you wish to take your impression. the League of German Girls. dark blue skirt falling from knee to calf-length with a front pleat. expected to become “unit maids”. This is primarily a social impression. DRK reenactors should acquire the basic uniform for nurses or nurse’s helpers and at least a medical bag and small medical kit. Nurses are not allowed in battle and frontline combat scenarios unless specifically scripted for retrieval of and tending to wounded. 20 .bdmhistory.

but must adhere to certain standards. as they were very hard to acquire as a vanity item during the war. Unless you’re very handy with a sewing machine. but the bulk of hair must be pulled or pinned back and secured under the cinching of the cap.Uniform The DRK nurse or helferin uniform is fairly simple. choose a nude or tan color. 21 . passing over the shoulders to cross at the back. dress shoes are unacceptable. DRK dresses would have black triangular insignia sewn to the right arm. Bangs may be worn out of the cover. They should be black. since this uniform must be made to specifications and cannot be “cobbled” together from similar-looking items. Cap Caps were made of white cotton cloth with a white band at the front and a larger attached section of white cinched material at the back. Dress and Insignia The DRK helferin dress was knee to ankle-length. then running through front loops to tie in the front. The apron had a narrow top piece above the waist and fuller “skirt” section. long-sleeved and had buttons running up the front from the waist. utilitarian lace up shoes coming to about the ankle. The fabric would be basic cotton patterned with narrow vertical blue-and-white stripes. Apron DRK women wore a white apron over their dress at all times. A member must do much of the work herself in making and acquiring these items. Additionally. Should you opt for stockings. depicting the national eagle along with the name of the field hospital at which the nurse or helper was stationed. which falls to the bottom of the dress itself or slightly above the hemline. with a hidden right-hand pocket. but must be appropriate for a worker. Shoes may be worn with or without a heel. Shoes Shoes were not covered by strict regulations. Stockings Stockings are not mandatory. a red cross would be painted or screened onto the front center of the cap on the band. periodappropriate seam back model. If applied. enlist the help of a seamstress. The straps for the aprons were long and thin. but not easily found made-to-order. in either thigh high style or full pantyhose set. and a white button-on collar piece. personnel would wear a Red Cross armband on the left arm (with or without the words “Deutsches Rotes Kreuz”) and a Red Cross brooch pinned at the throat.

Helferin were to wear white cotton button-up shirts. A helferin impression is one of the most in depth female reenactment experiences behind the lines. which will be dyed to the appropriate color. working either in office settings (Stabshelferin) or in the field (Nachtrichtenhelferin). Since the order was to wear the white shirts until they were no longer serviceable. usually within a city office. Nachtrichtenhelferin were more field-communication oriented. In 1942. Shirt Originally. Uniform Suit and Insignia The Helferin uniform consists of a feldgrau wool double-breasted. A standard Eagle will be worn on the left arm. with their training emphasizing those skills needed for Morse code transmissions and aerial signaling. An accurate uniform is the basic requirement. Cap M-34 Schiffchen with the standard Eagle insignia patch sewn in its front center. members may choose either style of shirt for their uniform. three-button tunic and kick-pleated skirt falling just below the knee. Shoes 22 .HELFERINNEN Helferinnen were women’s paramilitary auxiliarists. An oblong SS shield was worn on the center of the left breast. this requirement was changed issuing lighter green button-up silk shirts in their place. Members should choose an appropriate thigh-high or full length style of hose. Stockings Stockings if worn were green-grey in color. and participants could also obtain various photographic and propaganda-related equipment. but display items and campsite activities are limited only by one’s imagination. with the Signals shield on the lower left forearm. A signaling and fieldcommunications display can be acquired. Stabshelferin would assume a secretarial role involving basic typing and stenography.

23 . Women may wear either style of shoe so long as their selection is period-appropriate. however.Shoes were to be medium-high lace up black leather utility shoes. this order was rescinded in 1943. Foreign deployment initially ordered that women wear a full lace-up black leather boot.

Also during this time period. However. We do not accept impressions of historical figures of any sort. customs and courtesies. The probationary period gives both the unit and soldat a period to assess how well we “mix” together. He will answer any questions and guide you in the authenticity standards.Membership and Rank PROBATIONARY PERIOD All potential recruits looking to join the hobby are subject to a probationary period of 5 events. no arguments or protests allowed. we also may put you back on as we see fit. A mentor is an experienced reenactor within the unit. we are able to refuse admission into this group to any person. Applicants to the unit must have the basic equipment and uniform assembled before attending events with the unit or being considered for membership. Because we are a private independent organization. outside of the essential kit. so any items purchased in support of these aims are secondary acquisitions for your own private collection and not to be worn to events. The unit expects members to adhere to our basic equipment standards. events attended and actions performed will not count towards criteria for awards and decorations except in extremely rare circumstances determined by the unit command. any extra items are optional and you are strongly encouraged to wait until acceptance before forming an extensive impression. If our unit has membership with a reenacting organization. this is an honorary band awarded by the unit commanders upon acceptance. senior leadership within the unit will make a decision as to an applicant’s status within it. you will be assigned a "mentor" who will assist and monitor your training as a Soldat. and be expected to conform to these regulations. we likewise reserve the right to withhold or prolong any decision as we deem necessary. After the completion of the probation. an applicant will not wear our unit’s cufftitle. 24 . attitude and performance in the field. During the probationary period. and for the unit to evaluate an individual’s behavior. Members will be notified of any membership requirements for chartering organizations. The mentor will also monitor your progress during your probation and will submit a recommendation for a cufftitle or extended probation at the end of the mandatory 6 month probationary period. members will be notified. unit policies. and reenacting in general. or 6 months. Once the probationary period begins. If a unit member’s behavior becomes a concern after completion of the initial probationary period. for any reason. safety regulations.

To be allowed attendance. This means that any interested minor MUST secure a guardian or adult “shadow” dependent on age. and we will not automatically be responsible for you. HRS rules will in this case supersede those set forth by this unit. The organizers of other events may independently set their participation age requirements. be away from his shadow at an event. and unit members are expected to similarly comply with these standards. a PARENT IN UNIFORM OR ACCEPTABLE PERIOD CLOTHING must be present and with the minor at all times. Must be with an adult (a consenting of-age unit member will suffice) in the field or camp at all times when holding a weapon.Seventeen: Allowed to attend both public and tactical events provided member has and carries with him at all times a Hunter’s Safety Certificate OR current Hunting License. The minor will. the two individuals are to act as one in the field. This item must be produced upon request. keep in mind the liabilities: you can not legally be responsible for yourself. and some of us have started out our reenactment careers as shining-eyed kinder. Members should be always together and never out of sight of one another. Unit commanders will assist a minor participant in determining the age limits for events if asked. Fifteen . at no time.GUIDELINES FOR MINORS We’ve had the plethora of underage potentials asking us about joining the unit. Member is not allowed under any circumstances to carry or utilize a firearm. so national HRS events will have different guidelines from those kept by our unit. If you’re underage and wish to join. Event-Based Exceptions HRS regulations prohibit personnel under 18 years of age from participation. If one member takes a hit. 25 . When a member under 18 years old participates with an adult “shadow”. the other shall accept the casualty as well. Fourteen: Attendance allowed at public events only. staying within 10-20 feet from each other at all times.

and (if you can) speak with your finest German or accent. Pattons and mavericks are not welcome here. or do anything to associate the unit with trouble. or any illegal drug use at events will result in the immediate dismissal of the offending member from the event. including (but not limited to) your cell phone. certain political items are prohibited from wear or use within the hobby. Pay attention to where shots are coming from. obey your orders and play nicely. this is a drama-free unit. boots to be polished. Order given by a ranking member must be obeyed. and act in a way that will leave you and our unit on good terms with people. try to keep all discussions unit or combat-related. so keep that in mind. POLITICS AND POLITICAL ITEMS For obvious reasons. all period anachronisms must be kept out of sight during public events. Take your hits accordingly. PUBLIC EVENTS When performing public events. As much fun as our God-complexes can be. When visiting other units after battles. soldaten need to be conscious of the image they are displaying to spectators. This list includes party arm bands. keep in mind that you are a representative of Der Führer. and unless specifically ordered. Always act in regards to safety (see the section below). DURING BATTLES We try to keep structured during battles. While at events. members work as a group.Behavior and Conduct As we’ve stated. none of us are made of Kevlar. starting fights. try to keep busy. so your behavior should be in line with this principle. If there is fighting. equipment to be organized. Do not go seeking problems. and behavior should be according to this goal. 26 . and modern clothing and accessories. and do not take any action that will put yourself or another member at risk. Also. but also put on a good show. avoid it. For this reason. Essentially. you’re out. the unit rank system always holds. or some related activities. and we must always be conscious of that fact. with the strong possibility of permanent removal from the unit at large. food to be cooked. We are here to have fun. This makes for good display! Likewise. We are trying to show the life of a soldat. act in a friendly and courteous manner to all participants. World War II is a volatile emotional subject for many people. There are always rifles to be cleaned. Do not use profanity within hearing of the public. Any consumption of alcohol by minors. Having “Deutschlandlied” set as your ring tone does not permit it into the camp. if you look up and see a GI grinning with his rifle pointed at you.

and their ruling will be final. To many people outside the hobby. UNIFORM WEAR GUIDELINES Your basic enlisted uniform is only authorized for wear under certain situations. so long as it is not a campaign designed to glorify or continue the ideals of the party. In the context of a reenactment. be tasteful and selective of any propaganda posters or war-time imagery displayed. be respectful and comply.party flags. Field Dress (Feldanzug) Full basic uniform. or asked to leave the unit! Always keep in mind the reputation of the unit and your comrades within it. loaded with combat gear and belt-hung field equipment. use good taste and reason in selecting impression and display accessories. For display purposes. Too many neo-Nazi and Skinhead groups abound in today’s population. which will instruct soldaten as to the items they will have on at all times. just reflective of the controlling power in military execution. Regulations: Uniform of the Day The Command Duty Officer will select the Uniform of the Day at events. If you are told not to utilize an item. As with many things in this impression. weapon 27 . Anti-semitic propaganda is expressly prohibited. This. insignia and uniforms of the Third Reich can elicit highly emotional and negative responses. but more importantly can result in conflict that casts the veterans we portray in a renewed negative light. Therefore. helmet. or supportive of a biased agenda. Command will deal with any disputes over the political nature of your possessions. and defend the objective historical aims we support. All authorized awards and insignia are acceptable. It should go without saying. Obviously some items do have the swastika on them. etc. observers can misconstrue the uniform as being politically motivated. obviously. Be sensitive and be respectful. as is the military battle flag. can create problems for you and the unit in public relations matters. all discrepancies must be brought up to the CDO before a soldat acts on his own will. If weather conditions make the Uniform of the Day uncomfortable. and transiting directly to and from events. it is much easier to explain our intentions and purposes for wearing these uniforms. but any pro-Nazi or politicized speech is prohibited. violators may be placed on probation. Das Reich Der Führer Regiment authorizes its members to wear their reenactment uniforms only during events. but were not considered oriented in nature. Historical debate and political discussion in this context is fine. In other real-world situations. and we want to take the utmost care to ensure our hobby does not get associated with those groups and their activities.

subways. feldmütze Walking Out (Ausgehanzug) Full basic uniform with tunic belt. black shorts. or post-event meal outside of event grounds. Sport Dress (Sportanzug) Sports uniform of white un-ribbed tank top with insignia. Uniform may be worn ONLY the day of the event if transit takes more than one day Outside of event context. bayonet. Acceptable Uses □ □ □ □ □ Transiting to and from an event. schirmmütze. dress bayonet.g. and command is notified beforehand. non-political services outside of event contexts WITH COMMAND APPROVAL While making a unit-required supply run during an event to a grocery. While attending any unit-sanctioned event While attending a non unit-sanctioned event WITH COMMAND APPROVAL While providing educational. At any place of business that may be considered of poor taste or questionable morality. shopping trips. only if using your own private means of conveyance. Shoulder board slides. Unacceptable Uses □ Transiting to and from events if using public transportation (e. providing 2 or more members are present. with NO overnight stay required en route. For example: personal camping trips. political demonstrations. including all businesses of “adult” nature. traveling outside of events. and brown or black leather sports shoes. and related activities □ □ □ 28 . This gathering must be immediately preceding or following the event in question. even if said venues are visited during the timeframe of an event Any legal proceedings. during. hardware. attending concerts.) or if an overnight stay is required. with trousers worn un-tucked over the boots. or related store □ While attending a pre-. etc. buckle to be pebbled unpainted aluminum. buses. Work Dress (Drillichanzug) Drill jacket and trousers.Service Dress (Dienstanzug) Full basic uniform with tunic belt. bayonet frog and troddel. taxis. etc.

Essentially. The only exception to this rule is the removal of belt and tunic for heat or travel related comfort. be prudent about the display of your uniform. Otherwise. gaiters. and respect at all times the reenactment group you are representing and the soldiers you are portraying Note that members must be in full basic uniform at all times. trouser belt or suspenders. shirts. Sloppiness is never excusable! 29 . boots. and appropriate hat must always be worn properly. trousers.

When not engaged in immediate combat. All members accept the risks involved. Members must know the location of the safety and how to operate it. Any violators of this rule will be asked to leave the event. live rounds are NEVER authorized at reenactments. a member will not fire his or her weapon within 20 feet of another individual. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT The use of firearms inherently carries immediate and/or delayed risk to persons. the safety will be on the weapon at all times. including loss of sight. but any unit member is fully authorized to do so. or death. and should be aimed off to the side of a person. WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION All weapons used must be fully functional. Weapons will never be out of the safe position when indoors or in buildings. The unit itself will not provide protective equipment for its members. or pass a safety inspection at the event during which it is to be used. like 30 .Safety Because we use firearms and explosives in the hobby. Ammunition must be from a unit-approved vendor. Live rounds are never to be stored with blank ammunition. or brought to an event. a unit member will submit to an ammunition or weapons inspection by the unit Commanding Officer or the designated event Safety Officer. It is not required to wear hearing or sight protection. For projectile-firing handguns or long guns. oiled. a member will never aim his or her weapon directly at another person. there are obviously basic safety rules in place to prevent the less intelligent in our ranks from falling victim to their own dangerous actions. or slightly in front of a target. ONLY blank ammunition is to be used during an event. and rust-free. Shots will NEVER be targeted to a kill zone. At any time. and do have the right to protect themselves against injury or loss of faculties. It is therefore mandatory to follow these rules. Note that Command will not sign off on wound badges for self-inflicted or stupidity-related injuries. Should logistics make closer-quarters firing necessary. members will declare through an approved signal that they are about to fire their weapons. No matter the distance from a target. FIRING PROCEDURES When engaged in combat. along with any more strict guidelines set at an individual event. hearing. and are likewise never to be fired indoors.

it is the member’s responsibility to provide these items should he or she choose to utilize them. EXPLOSIVES AND SMOKE-PRODUCING DEVICES No shrapnel-producing explosives or ammunition are ever authorized for use. Throwable or projectile weapons are never to be fired or aimed into a vehicle. Panzerfausts. etc. The unit’s Commanding Officer or Executive Officer will conduct a safety check at least once per event. fuels. however. he may be asked to leave the event. Grenade safety checks will be performed by the member lighting his or her device under the heel of the foot and holding the foot in that position during ignition. Small inner-ear hearing protection is encouraged. Should a member refuse to submit to inspection. and related projectile-firing weapons must use safe and approved ammunition. unless specifically authorized or instructed by the Commanding Officer. any questions about orders or policies will be handled through the Commanding Officer. Should a member wish to use simulation smoke or grenades. which may be in addition to the check completed by the event organizers. may ever be used in construction of explosive weapons.any other piece of equipment utilized in this hobby. members will aim a prudent and safe distance in front or behind their target. mortars. these items will never be fired with the intention of directly hitting a target. and other devices. Acceptable ammunition will be authorized on a caseby-case basis by the unit’s Commanding Officer. COMBAT SCENARIOS Unit members. if individual event rules prohibit these types of weapons. members agree to abide by event rules. Members will always follow the directives of the event safety officer. they must pass a safety inspection by the unit’s Commanding Officer and the individual event’s Safety Coordinator if required. ammunition. should be fitted with shatter-proof safety lenses. SAFETY INSPECTIONS All unit members attending an event implicitly agree through their presence to abide by all safety standards set up for that particular event. will adhere to the battle plan for an event. Members must keep with a period look in their protective equipment. The unit assumes no responsibility if no protective equipment is worn. Panzerschreks. Members agree to submit whenever asked to an inspection of their weapons. No flammable liquids. if used. At no time will a unit member act 31 . Period glasses. If utilized.

Inter-camp skirmishes will only occur if they are pre-planned. with no actual contact occurring. It is then up to the C. with a designated Safety Inspector monitoring the activities. along with the Commanding Officer(s) of all units involved. Likewise. HEALTH AND MEDICAL CONCERNS Any participant who has medical conditions that may affect his or her awareness or activity must notify the Commanding Officer. Tactical events do allow a more open standard for hand-to-hand combat should the situation reasonably encourage it. allowances in activity will be made to accommodate these conditions. Should this occur. rubber knives may be utilized should both parties agree. Violators will be ordered to leave the event and the unit. this includes camp-to-camp assaults outside the planned battle scenario. Ideally. Regardless. Should hand-to-hand combat occur. Members will never initiate a surprise contact combat situation. a Safety Officer will be immediately notified. harmful force will never be used. he or she may be asked to leave the event. Hand-to-hand combat is permitted at public events only when agreed upon and choreographed between the engaging parties. Bladed or heavy blunt weapons will never be used in any contact situations. if a member is on any prescription drug. and members will comply until notified otherwise. the Commanding Officer will be notified. and in what capacity. Should a member fail to make this disclosure. Illegal substances will never at any time be used. Red smoke or flares may be used as an immediate “stop battle”. Impromptu combat of any type will never occur. or when participants can reasonably expect to be engaging in movement or activities. If needed. and authorize said event to occur. Combat may be ceased at any time should a member become injured or notice tangible harm done to other persons or property. or brought onto event grounds. but must always cease if demanded by one of the engaging parties.O. the Commanding Officers of the respective units will be notified of the agreement. combat will be mock. whether said member is allowed to participate.without instruction or leave the general area in which a battle is being held without notifying a Squad Leader or Commander. Mind or state-altering controlled substances (such as alcohol) will never be used during the times of battle. 32 .

This includes constructing potentiallydamaging road hazards. the use of said equipment may be limited or prohibited. Should a vehicle maneuver within close proximity to camps or personnel. it is much easier for a foot soldier to side-step than it is a tank to stop! MISCELLANEOUS Members agree to act in a safe and responsible manner at all times. 33 . using any form of explosive or paint to attack the vehicle. Vehicles will be driven at speeds prudent for the surroundings. Offenders may be asked to leave events should their actions at any time be construed as unsafe or destructive. Members implicitly agree that the Commanding Officer or Event Safety Inspector will make the final decision about safety. The owner of a vehicle will make all rules concerning passenger conduct. will assume responsibility for any harm or injury occurring due to the operation of their vehicle. Vehicle owners. Similarly. Any situations not described above that are perceived as a threat to safety will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Members transiting on foot around a vehicle will at no time seek to damage or impede the progress of the machinery. a designated spotter will always remain outside the vehicle to assume an accurate view of the surrounding area. to which all passengers will comply. or hitting or throwing blunt objects at the vehicle. and their word is to be complied with. should the unit receive complaints about vehicle operation. or in a lowvisibility situation. members on foot will always be cautious of the location of vehicles and make way for them. not the unit at large.VEHICLES Any member possessing a vehicle will keep it in safe operable condition at all times. Any person bringing a vehicle to an event will ensure that it has current registration and a fire extinguisher on board at all times. These items will be available for inspection at any time during an event.

If you screw up enough. you will be ordered to leave the unit permanently. As of now. bastardize. this is a collective guideline to the operation of our unit. Failure to adhere to or disagreement with these laws may result in the removal of a member from this unit. and any subsequent modifications made. We therefore reserve the right to change. we don’t collect unit dues or have unit contributory requirements other than your time and loyalty. Though these rules are law. but changes may occur for practical reasons. the former will take precedence until amendment is possible. mutilate. and accepting admission in. they are its founders and its law. 34 . We will try to make members aware of changes as they occur.Disclaimer Those persons listed in the chain of command are the core of this unit. Applying to. but it is not always feasible to make and disseminate immediate alterations. Once again. In any instances where rules stated in person conflict with rules mandated in the handbook. The handbook itself will be kept periodically updated with changes. or alter any rule in this book as we collectively see fit. they may be amended at events or as any situation arises for which they are unable to provide a ruling. this unit implies an agreement with all the rules stated herein.

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