(Deutschland Regiment in Formation at their Barracks)

Lieber SS-Kriegsfreiwilliger!

This is the basic unit handbook and SOP for the new recruit. It is designed to assist you in your transformation into a SS-Panzergrenadier. Within these pages are the requirements, rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures regarding everything that every SS-Panzergrenadier must know.

We are the premier Waffen-SS unit in the West because at all times we strive to be the best replica of the original. The best in everything, from how we conduct ourselves as Soldaten, to the way we better ourselves as Soldaten! Our entire unit SOPs come directly from either Waffen-SS veterans or original wartime material. Countless ongoing hours of research goes into what makes us the best in the world. Therefore, none of the unit SOPs or guidelines shall at any time be altered unless pre-approved by the unit command. This handbook is going to see many future additions as further studies are made regarding our history. We can all be proud in the fact that everything we do is exactly the same as the original. With every event comes more authenticity, and as we strive together to be the best, comes the most important thing.. Kameradschaft! I wish you the best of luck in your career with 2.Kompanie.

Command Phrases

GERMAN

ENGLISH

Marching / Drills Commands:
 

 

Achtung!

Attention (on approach of an officer)

Stillgestanden!

Attention (in formation)

Richt Euch!

Dress right, dress

Rührt Euch!

At ease (silence not required)

Im Gleichschritt, Marsch!

Quick time march, can also be used for forward march

Ohne Tritt, Marsch!

Route step, march. Can be used from the halt.

Durchdecken!

Dress and cover.

Rechts, Um!

Right face

Links, Um!

Left face

Kehrt, Um!

About face (left foot back)

Links schwenkt, Marsch!

Column left, march

Rechts schwenkt, Marsch!

Column right, march

Wegtreten!

Dismissed

Abteilung, Kompanie, Zug, Gruppe, etc., Halt!

Element, halt

Kommando Zurück!

As you were (to revoke a command)

Weitermachen!

Carry on

Vorwärts!

Forward

Das Gewehr umhängen

Sling arms (right shoulder)

Aufsitzen!

Mount up

Absitzen!

Dismount

Marsch! Marsch!

Move out! or Double time!

Watch / Posten:
 

 

Halt! Wer Da?

Stop! Who's there?

Was is die Parole?

What is the Password?

Common Terms:
 

 

Auf!

Up!

Deckung!

Cover!

Feldposten

Sentinel post.

Feldwache

Outpost

Feuer frei!

Fire at will!

Feuerpause!

Cease Fire!

Gewehrschütze

Rifleman

Gruppe

Squad

Gruppen

Squads

Gruppenführer

Squad leader.

Hauptkampflinie (HKL)

(HKL) Main line of resistance.

Hinlegen!

Lay down!

Hurra!

Germans did not attack quietly like Americans.

Kompanie

Company

Schützenkette

skirmish line

Schützenreihe

squad in column

Spähtrupp

scout troop

Stellung!

Posts! Positions!

Truppführer

Assistant squad leader

Zug

Platoon

Zugführer

Platoon leader

Waffen SS Rank Structure



Militaria Dealers

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It is the duty of every Deutschland Regiment Panzergrenadier to have the most historically accurate, complete, and authentic impression at all times. This will be strictly based off the original issue of items listed as prescribed for the 1942-44 era Waffen SS Panzergrenadier. Any and all variations; which may be in part due to the current supply situation, must first be authorized by the authenticity officers and/or unit command. A reason for variation may be a result of the current supply situation, as was sometimes the case during the period of the war we are replicating. Remember, it is our unit goal to replicate the average issue of the 1944 Deutschland Regiment Panzergrenadier. Studying wartime photos of the actual Deutschland Regiment" will be of great assistance to you. We must accurately replicate our division during its time and not another, especially during a different time of the war.

There are a wide variety of vendors on the market with varying ranges of quality. For this reason, there are two standard rules set forth by the unit command pertaining the acquisition of any and all uniform items and equipment:

1.) All items must only be obtained through authorized suppliers. Any and all items obtained through un-authorized suppliers must first be approved by the authenticity officers and unit command prior to purchase. Any existing items may be deemed unauthorized upon inspection and will therefore not be permitted.

2.) The minimum of (1) item be obtained prior and between each event. This may include the upgrade and/or repair of items already obtained. At any time, any item may be deemed un-authorized by the unit command. This may be the direct result of the constant upgrading of reproduction techniques. It is not our mission to fall behind, but rather lead the way as the most authentic and best trained Waffen Kompanie in the world!

Waffen

The following is a brief summary of the weapons used by the Waffen-SS and the 2.SS Panzerdivision.

Karabiner 98k
Calibre: 7.9x57mm Mauser
Barrel Length: 610mm
Muzzle Velocity: 755m/s
Capacity: 5 round, internal double-stack
Standard issue battle rifle. Found in a number of configurations and uses, such as for sniping when fitted with an optical scope. Also found fitted with the Schieߢecher (Grenade Launcher). Please note that ONLY German variants with correct assemblies (ie: no foreign country bolts, etc) may be used.


Gewehr 41(M) and (W)
Calibre: 7.9x57mm Mauser
Barrel Length: 546mm
Muzzle Velocity: 742m/s
Capacity: 10 round, internal double-stack
Early war, experimental semi-automatic rifles, the (M) designation referring to the Mauser produced design, and the (W) to the Walther produced version. Neither version saw much success during troop trials and were subsequently discontinued, though Walther later moved on to produce the much more successful Gewehr 43.

Gewehr 43
Calibre: 7.9x57mm Mauser
Barrel Length: 546mm
Muzzle Velocity: 742m/s
Capacity: 10 round, detachable double-stack
An advancement of the earlier Gewehr 41 model made by Walther, utilizing a more reliable gas system similar to that found in the Russian Tokarev SVT-40 rifles.


MP.38/40
Calibre: 9mm Luger
Barrel Length: 250mm
Muzzle Velocity: 425m/s
Capacity: 32 round, detachable double-stack
Rate of Fire: 500rpm
This fully-automatic sub-machine gun was the mainstay for the German army throughout WWII, though it was primarily issued on a positional basis, such as to GruppenFuhrers (Squadron Leaders), Fallschirmjager (Paratroopers), and Armored Personell.


StG.43/44
Calibre: 7.9x33mm Kurz
Barrel Length: 420mm
Muzzle Velocity: 695m/s
Capacity: 30 round, detachable double-stack
Rate of Fire: 600rpm
Selective fire rifle firing a shortened intermediate rifle cartridge. Provided the average soldier the fire power of a sub-machine gun, when needed, with the power of a rifle, though at the sacrifice of the range offered by a full sized rifle cartridge.


MG.34
Calibre: 7.9x57mm Mauser
Barrel Length: 625mm
Muzzle Velocity: 760m/s
Capacity: 50 round, non-disintegrating belt segments
Rate of Fire: 800 - 900rpm
The primary general-purpose machine gun of the German army during the early stages of the war, until replaced by the more cost and time efficient MG42, though production continued to the end of the war. Truly the first 'general-purpose' machine-gun, capable of being carried by an individual soldier for use as a light machine-gun as well as on tri-pods for use as a heavy machine-gun.

MG.42
Calibre: 7.9x57mm Mauser
Barrel Length: 535mm
Muzzle Velocity: 740m/s
Capacity: 50 round, non-disintegrating belt segments
Rate of Fire: 1,200 栱,500rpm
A further advancement, the MG42 was quicker and cheaper to produce that the MG34 and had a few refinements, such as an improved barrel change system. Like the MG34, could be utilized in a number


Walther P.38
Calibre: 9mm Luger
Barrel Length: 125mm
Muzzle Velocity: 392m/s
Capacity: 8 round, detachable single-stack
Adopted in 1938 as the standard issue service pistol. The most widely issued pistol in the German army during WWII and, as such, should be the primary pistol for anyone in the unit to be authorized to have one.


Luger P.08
Calibre: 9mm Luger
Barrel Length: 100mm
Muzzle Velocity: 374m/s
Capacity: 8 round, detachable single-stack
Adopted by the German military in 1908 and, though replaced by the Walther P.38 in 1938 with production being halted entirely in 1942, continued to be used and issued to the end of WWII in 1945.


UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT

The following is a brief summary of what is required, regarding items of uniform and equipment. Looking the best is one of the most important reasons why we stand above the rest. We are Panzergrenadiere of the 2.SS-Panzerdivision Das Reich Deutschland Regiment 2. Kompanie!

Macht Euch vollig Kampfbereit!

Schiffchen
It Is mandatory when ordering your Schiffchen, that it is two sizes larger than your normal head size. This will insure a proper fit. This was the most commonly worn cap throughout the war by the SS.

Einheitsfeldm촺e(M43 field cap)
The Panzergrenadier must first obtain a Schiffchen prior to obtaining a Feldmutze. There were far more schiffchens in circulation in the SS than M43 caps.


Feldbluse/Fieldblouse
It is preferred to obtain the SS-Model M42 or M43 Feldbluse. These were the most commonly worn uniforms for the time period we portray.


Hosen/Trousers
Either the M40 or M42 trousers.

Shirt/Hemd
The shirt can either be the issue grey or the brown pullover style. The brown shirt was officially no longer a uniform item starting in 1943, but was still worn after that date. Any non-issue shirts must be authorized prior to use.

Footwear/Fussbekleidung
All boots must be treated with boot grease so as to give some degree of water protection.

Lowboot/Schnurschuhe
All recruits must first obtain the standard issue low boots. If they are your primary pair of boots then they should be blackened. If for field use then it is permissible to keep them brown. Use leather oil and snow-seal on the boots, upper and also soles! This keeps the leather supple and protected against water. Also helps keep the hobnails from falling out.


Jack boot/Marschstiefel
Get these after you have obtained your Schnurschue. Actual field usage of Marschstiefel should be limited as the lowboot was by far the prevailing boot for the time period we portray.


Gaiters/Gemaschen
These are worn in conjunction with the low boots. It is just as accurate to not wear these. When not worn it was up to the grenadier to either leave his hosen bloused into the Fussbekleidung, or utilize the "sock roll."

Belt and Buckle/Koppel und Schloss
SS Schloss The Koppel must be worn very tight as to ensure that the wear of additional equipment will not pull the Koppel down. A tighter Koppel will also ensure the sharper appearance of the "D" Regt. Panzergrenadier!


Ammo pouches/Patronentaschen

K-98 (2 ea.) All K-98 pouches must be in the color of black.


G-43 Worn in conjunction with one K-98 Patronentasche. Both leather and canvas types are authorized.


MP-40 Only canvas type MP-40 pouches are authorized. All stitching must be in white.


MP-44 Only canvas type MP-44 pouches are authorized. All stitching must be in white.


Bayonet w/ frog /Seitengewehr
Always worn to the rear of the wearers left hip. Everyone was issued a bayonet regardless of weapon. Prefered leather frog. web is acceptable.


Bread Bag /Brotbeutel
Original or approved reproduction.


Bread bag strap/Brotbeutelriemen
Only original wartime Brotbeutelriemen are authorized due to differences in manufacture of post war examples. The Brotbeutelriemen is utilized to carry the Brotbeutel when off duty. A very useful combination for the carrying of personal effects, or toiletry items to and from the latrine. Also it is used as a field expedient means of securing foliage to the Stalhelm.

Canteen/Feldflasche :
One of the most important items during Einsatz. It is recommended that aluminum cups/Trinkbecher be painted in the correct shade of green or black. The synthetic cups can be used in any of the wide array of colors as origianlly made. It is important that you get the .7 liter size as that was the standard issue.


Gas mask with can/Gasmasken
The Gasmask can is required and everyone should get a gasmask to go inside. The mask and Can were issued to all Soldaten and accounted for. In the field It was common to use the can for anything but it's intended use. but when off the line gas masks were inspected and you were in trouble if you could not produce a mask during an inspection.


Spade and carrier/Spaten und Tasche
Only the Klappspaten (Folding Shovel) is authorized. Always worn on the wearers left with handle pointed away from the leg.


Y-straps/Tragneriemen
Leather are authorized for wear in the Deutschland Regiment. Leather is by far the most common.


Mess kit/Kochgeschirr
Only an original wartime or early PW Kochgeschir will be authorized. The Kochgeschir is either secured to the Brotbeutel or to the assault frame/Sturmgepäck when commanded. Make sure that it is painted the correct color!


Assault frame/Sturmgepaeck
Only worn when going into Einsatz when the Kompanie will not be returning to the present location. This will happen only when commanded by the unit command.


Rucksack
Good quality reproductions or originals are preferred!


Helmet/Stahlhelm
Model M35, M40 or M42. It is preferred that the Model M-42 Stalhelm be acquired as was the majority in the Das Reich-Division. When worn, only the single SS rune decal (right side of Stalhelm) will be used. but actual decals in usage should be minimal as they were no longer applied after Mid 1943. The chin strap/Kinnriemen buckle is worn opposite of the wearer's hand of use. (If you are right handed the buckle should be on your left side). This is to prevent snagging when operating your weapon.


Smock/Tarnhemd
Preferred type II The most common Tarnhemd worn by the Das Reich-Division was the planetree pattern . Do not get another pattern.

Helmetcover/Tarnhelmuberzeug
Only Type I or II Tarnhelmuberzeugen of the Plane tree pattern should be obtained


44 Dot Uniform/Erbsenmuster
Should be loose enough to allow the wool uniform to be worn underneath. It is recommended that SS sleeve eagle be applied to the left arm. Only the machine embroidered sleeve eagle will be authorized.

 
Shelterquarter/Zeltbahn
Read the " How to Fold a Zeltbahn Quarter Guide " This is of utmost necessity when in the field. It's importance is often greatly overlooked until it is needed! You must obtain a Waffen-SS type Zeltbahn in the plane tree pattern.


Camouflage field cap/Tarnm촺e
The M-40 Schiffchen must be obtained prior to a Tarnmutze. Due to rarity, no insignia of any type will be authorized for wear on the Tarnmutze.

Winter camouflage parka/Tarnbekleidung
Acceptable patterns are Grey, Fall Oak, Fall Blurred edge.

Parkas are currently not a usable item unless given explicit permission by the Oberst청fuhrer.

Overcoat/Mantel: Model M40 or M42
An issued and inspected item, all Panzergrenadier must strive to own a Mantel. A very important item. All Mantels must have a machine woven SS EM sleeve eagle applied to the left arm.


Wool Blanket/Wolldecke
All Wolldecken must be of the gray type with or with out markings. Captured stocks may only be utilized in the field and after obtaining unit command approval.

Other items:

I.D. Disk/Erkennungsmarke
To be worn around your neck. Some veterans kept them in the chest pocket with their soldbuch

I.D.book/Soldbuch
This book is your ID and the record of your enlistment that you are to carry with you at all times unless you are directed to otherwise by an officer. Any rank or decorations must be substantiated by the info in the Soldbuch, should any Feldjagers take an interest in you.

Comb, handkerchief
Only the Issue handkerchiefs are to be used.

Gummischutze
to be carried in the bandage pouch in your feldbluse (You were required to have the above items prior to being allowed off post).

Towel/Handtuch
A very important item when washing up after Einsatz! Also important for keeping your billets/Unterkunfts AO uniform with the Kompanie, the Handtuch is secured at the head of the bunk over the frame.

Suspenders

Feuerzeug (Lighter)
no non period lighters are to be used.

Zigaretten (Cigarettes)  
No filtered cigarettes are to be used. Period pipes and cigars are highly encouraged. Germans liked to smoke.

Unterhosen
Original or good reproduction unterhosen are recommended and will make a good touch to your impression.

Esbit stove
This will make Mittagessen much more bearable.

Flashlight/lantern
Only correct pattern flashlights.

Personal Hygiene Items
Razor,soap, tooth brush, hair grease and the like.

Wound Bandages
To be carried in the little inside pouch in your feldbluse.

Wool Scarf or Head Toque

Gloves/Handschuhe
All Handschue must be of the thick wool type in the color gray. The white size rings must be worn on the inside.

Socken / Socks
All issue socks were gray wool with white rings denoting size. Any and all Socken sent from home as replacement must first be approved by unit command and only after the issue Socken has been obtained. It is mandatory that a minimum of (2) pair be obtained.

Wool Sweater
The issue V-necks or turtle necks are preferred

Knife, Spoon, Fork, and Can Opener


Zeltbahn accessories
Poles pegs ropes and bag.

Linens
The German Army would place their wool blankets and pillows in a blue/white checkered cotton covers. Their primary use are for barrack events.

VERY IMPORTANT:

If you have any questions regarding any item you are about to purchase, as to its quality, authenticity, or overall uesefullness to yourself and the unit, don't hesitate to speak with the unit commander. If you show up for Einsatz with an un-approved item, or an item that was not used at the time which we are portraying, you WILL NOT be able to use that item at the event. Don't waste your hard earned money on things that are un-approved or un-authentic!