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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 WSS troops in all theaters. Both leather and canvas webbing versions were manufactured.

  • 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.

    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

  • Texled Gear

    Texled Items

    The name Texled is an amalgamation of the German words for Textile and Leather...Textil + Leder = Texled. We created this in 2012 as a product line name for the reproduction German uniforms we were manufacturing as well as the then new line of field equipment. Both were intended to be the best quality one could produce in the 21st Century.

    Ten years on, the garments have been discontinued due to the extreme cost. However, gear and boots have thrived.

    "Texled" items are the best quality we have to offer. Many are made using a high percentage of American or European materials. A few even use original WWII parts. Most are assembled overseas due to the immense labor time required to manufacture the Axis boots and equipment.

    Occasionally another company uses the name on their products, but they are not the same thing at all. We do not wholesale these items and none of the manufacturers or subcontractors offer them online since we control the raw materials.
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