These are general
guidelines to direct prospective members in the pursuit of collecting
the basic kit required for participation with Der Erste Zug. Please
keep in mind that our main impressions are mid to late-war (1943-45)
Heer (Army) Infantry and Pionier; the list below reflects extensive,
The following sentence will save
you considerable time, money, and frustration; don't
make any purchases before deciding on and consulting a unit first!
We require a certain quality of kit
and not every vendor is a good source regardless of how 'authentic'
their description says an item is. Additionally, some vendors
are good for some items but not for others. There is no one
stop shop unfortunately.
If you are new to reenacting, the
following will most likely seem overwhelming. Don't worry, we
will help you along in this process! With
guidance from the Alte Hasen of the group, when you are ready to take
the field you will do so with a top notch kit & a solid knowledge
base of how to portray a German soldier.
One of the most common questions we receive is "how much will this all cost?"
The answer to that does vary considerably depending on how much patience (and
diligence) you have in looking for "deals" to come up, whether you buy new or
used items, occasionally the sizes you require, and availability/rarity of
certain pieces at the time you're joining. Very generally speaking you can
expect to spend about $2500-$3000 on all the required kit. The most
expensive single item is usually the K98 rifle, which can range anywhere from
$350-$500 as of the time of this writing.
Erste Zug requires all prospective & current members to obtain
ALL items listed in "Phase
One" of the
Required Uniform & Equipment Items list below to participate. This is to
ensure that everyone's impression is complete to a minimal standard
& they are prepared for the majority of unit scenarios & activities
(about 60-75% of them). Members must also obtain the items in "Phase Two"
in order to participate in the balance of unit activities. This may seem excessive, but our focus is on quality and as we
portray a unit impression, each man only looks as good as the one
standing beside him.
All of the basic required uniform
& equipment items you will need to get started can be found here:
Please note that in
addition to the general kit requirements, der Erste Zug may require
additional items for a specific event. For example, our
barracks impression at the Fort Indiantown Gap event requires proper
German bedding, barracks stools, etc...
of items vary widely from vendor to vendor, and vendor stocks often
change for better or worse as their suppliers change. Due to this
constant fluctuation, we do not publish or maintain a list of where
to get which item. This is done on a case-by-case basis with each new
recruit as he is ready to purchase the item.
1.) All items
must only be obtained through authorized suppliers. Any & all
items obtained through un-authorized suppliers must first be approved
through the unit leadership prior to purchase. Existing items may be
deemed unauthorized upon inspection.
2.) Occasionally a
previously approved item may no longer qualify for use in the Zug.
This may be the result of new research or better reproductions coming
available. We aim to lead the way as the most authentic looking
landsers in the hobby. Remember, what once may have been a
state of the art reproduction several years ago has probably been
rendered obsolete as reproduction techniques are vastly improving.
To get started, please
contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be happy to answer any of your questions and assist you in
acquiring your Zug kit.