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  • Fieldgear Packages

    German Fieldgear Packages

    Our German fieldgear packages are the easiest way to acquire the basic kit necessary to portray a WWII German solider. Our drop down menus allow you to literally build your own package to fit your needs and impression. Although all German webgear is modular and will interchange with the basic belt and suspenders, we have divided the packages by weapon type in order to make things simpler for the new enthusiast.

    No substitutions or deletions are permitted other than those listed in each set's description.


  • Bayonets & Frogs

    German Bayonet Frogs


    Firstly, we have never known why these are called "frogs". Like with most other items, the German military had several different models of carriers for their rifle bayonets. The most typical is the "standard" model. All units of the German Armed Forces used these for personnel armed with bayonets. All of our reproductions were copied from originals, and we use only the correct hardware (no brass rapid rivets or nylon thread) and our leather is cow hide, not water buffalo.
  • Y-Straps

    WWII Y-straps

    At the beginning of WWII, German troops supported their field equipment via a system of aluminum belt hooks attached to canvas suspenders that were worn inside their tunics. In 1939, far more practical, external suspenders were introduced, Koppeltragegestell für Infanterie" . There were two main styles, referred to as "lightweight" and "combat" Y-straps today. Issue of these did not become widespread until 1941. By the following year, they were universally used by Heer and Waffen SS troops in all theaters. Both leather and canvas webbing versions were manufactured.


    ATF Y-straps

    Our Y-straps are the only ones on the market made with the correct WWII pattern backstraps and hardware. The other reproductions "feature" postwar Austrian pattern backstraps, bronze rivets, and faithfully utilize the rear hooks from Luftwaffe "lightweight Y-straps" for the front hooks. A few hyper-authentic models even sport chrome hardware to help you stand out in the crowd.

    Models: There were several changes made to the Y-straps throughout the course of the War, and I have assigned model numbers to each to simplify identification. These are not official wartime German designations!

    For the "Stitch-Nazis", we offer a higher quality "Texled" versions, made with US leather and the highest quality hardware available.

    Long Sizes: For those over 6ft in height, the German Y-straps are often painfully short. In the 1990's I had one original set that was in awful condition but was indeed longer- it was from those that I had our "long" cutting dies made. That said, in the 20 years since, I have owned over 100 other sets and have never found any that were other than the "standard" size.

  • Canteens & Mess Tins

    German Canteens

    During WWII the Germans used several different styles of canteens, in two different sizes. All branches of the German Armed forces used them. There were no specific models or colors for any type of unit. (The blue covers you see are not Luftwaffe- they are 1950's Berlin Police.) The majority of canteens had a capacity of .75 liters. A larger, 1 liter model was also made.

    The canteens consisted of a metal flask, metal or plastic cup, a strap assembly and wool felt cover. There were also "coconut" canteens which had the flask enclosed in bakelite rather than having a felt cover.
    Metal flasks and cups were made of aluminum until late 1943, when enameled steel began to appear. Plastic (bakelite) cups were used throughout the War- most were black, but orange and green exist. It appears that 1 liter canteens were normally issued with the bakelite cups; the metal cup doesn't fit very well on the shoulders of the larger flask. There is also a metal cup similar in size and shape to the bakelite ones.

    Leather canteen straps were usually black, but brown ones are occasionally found. Late War straps were often thin pigskin, and sometimes riveted rather than stitched. Web straps came in several configurations, in several shades of tan, green or gray. Despite collector and reenactor myth, web straps were not exclusively "tropical". They appeared in all theaters- as did the "coconut" canteens. They are simply less common.


    Reproduction Canteens


    German canteens have been one of the most vexing and difficult things to have reproduced. The minimum quantity requirements for the flask and cup are very high- we have been trying for years to do these.

    Currently, there are several reproductions of the .75 liter M31 canteen on the market, most Chinese-made. They range from utter abominations, to decent quality, but none are excellent. The biggest shortcomings are the covers and straps. We have the best straps available- we are one of the only companies to use good quality cowhide and add the rawhide reinforcement to the piece that holds the hook. The crappy straps sold by nearly everyone else will not hold up. We now (2016) have basically perfected the covers as well. So, we are using our straps and parts from two other companies to assemble our canteens. This is why they cost more than some of the others. These are clean, the straps won't break and they look good.
    To date, I know of no reproduction 1 liter canteens.

    Originals?
    Original canteens can be used, so long as you replace the straps. 65 year old leather won't last long. Also, avoid the steel flasks- they are usually rusty inside and who knows what sort of side-effects can come from WWII German enamel flakes.
  • Zelts and Accessories


    How to wear as a poncho,
    and 4-zelt tent

    Larger tent...8 zelts
    Multiple uses from the
    Infantry manual
    How to mount on the
    Tornister Pack

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