German Infantry Equipment

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German Infantry Equipment

Post by rahnie440 » 06 Jun 2004 19:40

What does a typical German soldier carry? I know all of the guns but I am unfamiliar with things like ammo packs, etc. I have alot of infantry models and I am unsure as to what some things are that they are carrying. I wish I could post a picture of what I need to know but attachments won't work for me on this forum. If anyone has any links or information that would help me out that would be appreciated.

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Post by -=Grenadier=- » 06 Jun 2004 20:26

You could check from Soldbuch - there is a long list about soldiers equipment. But I guess that most regular stuff that was given to every Infantry soldier was - belt with buckle, breadbag, messtin, canteen, bajonet, shovel, ammo pouches (or magazine pouches or MG toolbox), Y straps, gasmask canister (with gasmask and stuff ofcourse), zeltbahn (with pegs), rucksack or A frame - i guess that's most of the basic stuff. Then ofcourse clothes - tunic, trousers, underwear (several pairs), socks, gloves, fieldcap, shirt and boots.
+ small stuff such as dog tag, soldbuch, weapon cleaning kit, butterdose, pack of bandages etc.

this list is endless because NCO's and officers had map cases, whistles, binoculars and the equipment was different in the end of war.

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Post by rahnie440 » 06 Jun 2004 21:10

Ok this might help
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Post by rahnie440 » 06 Jun 2004 21:16

-what are those green bags under the helmets?
-what are those grey canisters in the bottom right of the pic?
-what are those things to the left of the canisters?
-are those canteens on the bottom of the pic?

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Post by -=Grenadier=- » 06 Jun 2004 22:54

-green bags under helmets are breadbags
-grey canisters are gasmask canisters
-left to the canisters are zeltbahn's
-yes, these are canteens

*btw, messtin & canteen attached to the breadbag :)

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Post by Larrister » 07 Jun 2004 00:29

Photo showing some of a soldier's kit.
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Post by rahnie440 » 07 Jun 2004 03:03

-=Grenadier=- wrote:-green bags under helmets are breadbags
-grey canisters are gasmask canisters
-left to the canisters are zeltbahn's
-yes, these are canteens

*btw, messtin & canteen attached to the breadbag :)


Sorry for all the questions...
What were breadbags for? How did gas masks fit in those canisters? What are zeltbahns? Are messtins those canteens?

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Post by Christoph Awender » 07 Jun 2004 07:21

Hello!

As the word breadbag says they carried bread and food in it.
The round filter of the gasmask fits exactly in the round tube and the rubber of the rest of the mask is folded into the cylinder.
A "Zeltbahn" is a triangle shaped camo coloured tent which can be used as one man shelter tent, rain coat etc..
From canteens you drink water and if you disassemble the messtins you can eat food from it.

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Post by Eisenfaust » 07 Jun 2004 16:01

The basic equipment and field gear - this is a great set of pages:

http://www.angelfire.com/sk3/geruniform2/basic.html

http://www.angelfire.com/sk2/germanuniforms/

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Post by MP44_tom » 07 Jun 2004 21:55

Im also in the middle of creating a website on german uniforms and equipment.

Have a look at http://www.mp44.nl. SOme of the questions will be answered there.

Tom
http://www.mp44.nl

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Post by rahnie440 » 08 Jun 2004 19:18

Just three more questions:
-What is that grey pole to the right of the helmets?
-What is that brown pouch just to the right of the breadbags?
-What is that black pouch just to the right of the breadbags?

Thanks in advance.

BTW, those are awesome links guys, thanks for pointing them out to me.

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Post by Christoph Awender » 08 Jun 2004 19:37

Hello!

- Case for the machinegun spare barrel
- Map case for maps and documents
- magazine pouch

\Christoph

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Post by Langemann » 08 Jun 2004 20:43

Christoph,

The black pouch to the right is not a "magazine pouch" as you have labeled. Rather it is the gunners pouch for the MG34 and or MG42. On the outside of this pouch the gunner would carry the asbestos pad that was used to change hot barrels. On the inside the gunner had a spare bolt, spider (AA) sight, and other items related to the care and maintainance of the weapon.

A great link to the MG gunners pouch can be found here: http://216.205.92.146/g_gear_MG.htm

Langemann

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Post by Christoph Awender » 08 Jun 2004 20:58

Thanks for the correction Langemann.

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Post by sylvieK4 » 08 Jun 2004 21:14

Here is a list from the "Großdeutschland" reenactment site:

http://www.grossdeutschland.com/equipment.htm

Required Elemets of the Basic Kit

Bottle green "GD" enlisted man's shoulder straps

Breadbag
Butter or lard container dish
Camouflage Zeltbahn, poles, and carrying straps
Combination fork and spoon eating utensil
Entrenching tool and leather harness
Field canteen with properly painted cup
Field-gray combat shirt
German K98k Mauser rifle
German K98k Mauser bayonet and frog
Leather equipment belt, buckle and "Y" straps
M1935, M1940, or M1942 helmet with correct paint
M1936 or M1942 field cap
M1940, M1942, or M1943 tunic and pants
Mess kit with proper field-gray paint
Original German K98k ammunition pouches
Original, reproduction, or converted postwar jack boots
Original wartime gas mask container and mask
Properly completed Soldbuch with photo
Suspender straps for the combat pants
Unit marked dog tag matching the Soldbuch


Optional Items of Equipment

Additional Zeltbahns for personal tents

A-frame combat assault pack
Camouflage helmet cover or string net
Camouflage smock
Canvas late-war "Y" straps
Cold weather head cover or scarf
Dress bayonet and troddle
Enlisted man's dress visor cap
Field over coat
HBT light weight combat tunic and pants
Low quarter boots and leggings
M1936 dress or "walking out" tunic and pants
M1943 field cap with visor
Period undergarments, shirts, socks, and gloves
Wartime issue flashlight and batteries
Wartime pocket knife
Winter issue leather and felt boots
Winter parka and pants for cold weather events

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