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I’ve taken up a new hobby and joined a historical reenactment/living history group. Now I’m feeling some resistence from you already dear readers because you’re probably looking at the image of the strapping young german fellow with “Fallschirmjäger” underneath him and might realise I might not exactly be playing what we would refer to as “a good guy”. There’s plenty of reasons for that, the first of which is that if everyone dressed up as a GI it’d be really boring at events because there wouldn’t be any opposition. It’s not hard to take a hill without any one on it.

The other reasons are that in the end the average soldier in the German armed forces during WW2 was not a Nazi, they did not march out for Adolf Hitler any more than US soldiers and Marines fought for Harry Truman. They were soldiers fighting for their homes, their country and most of all in the manner of all soldiers every where, fighting for the men next to them. These men fought with honor and valor on all fronts and their stories deserve to remembered and told, as a historian this is universal truth. History is to be preserved, all history, not just the parts we feel comfortable with or don’t mess with our gross blanket views of how we’d like to see the past or how hollywood would like to show us through their camera lenses.

This isn’t about ideology or politics, I am not and have never been a member of the Neo-Nazi movement nor do I have any desire to be, thus this disclaimer is being added to the website for people who are too thick to figure it out and need things spelled out.

Important Disclaimer! – This is a non-political web page dealing with the history, equipment, life and campaigns of the World War II German soldier (Fallschirmjäger, etc) and World War II reenacting. This website contains historical information as well as reenacting and living history information. This information includes reenactment photos, historical information covering operations, equipment and photos of World War II soldiers from both sides in action. The information is catalogued and presented to preserve a clear-eyed view of military history and present to the public an accurate representation of a World War II German unit. We do not tolerate or condone any form of racism, radical or extremist activities, or persons with supremacist, fascist or racist political motives or beliefs and we do not support nor glorify the reprehensible policies of the Nazi Party. We do not tolerate, support, or condone any activities of any neo-nazi party organizations, any extremist, anti-immigrant or antisemitic organizations.

Clear? wonderful let’s move on and talk about the Fallschirmjäger. The Fallschirmjäger were the German airborne (that is to say paratrooper) forces for the 2nd World War, under the command of the Luftwaffe, they operated as skirmisher and commandos when in their airborne role but were later shifted to purely infantry units as the war continued on and after some serious casualties. So despite the shift away from jumping and the loss of jump training the Fallschirmjäger name was retained until the end up the war.

They were regarded as an elite German infantry unit and had some of the very latest and greatest in regards to weapons and other equipment.

“The Parachutist’s Ten Commandments.”

1. You are the elite of the German Army. For you, combat shall be fulfillment. You shall seek it out and train yourself to stand any test.

2. Cultivate true comradeship, for together with your comrades you will triumph or die.

3. Be shy of speech and incorruptible. Men act, women chatter; chatter will bring you to the grave.

4. Calm and caution, vigor and determination, valor and a fanatical offensive spirit will make you superior in attack.

5. In facing the foe, ammunition is the most precious thing. He who shoots uselessly, merely to reassure himself, is a man without guts. He is a weakling and does not deserve the title of parachutist.

6. Never surrender. Your honor lies in Victory or Death.

7. Only with good weapons can you have success. So look after them on the principle—First my weapons, then myself.

8. You must grasp the full meaning of an operation so that, should your leader fall by the way, you can carry it out with coolness and caution.

9. Fight chivalrously against an honest foe; armed irregulars deserve no quarter.

10. With your eyes open, keyed up to top pitch, agile as a greyhound, tough as leather, hard as Krupp steel, you will be the embodiment of a German warrior.

For more on the Fallschirmjäger check out this living history website that specializes in Fallschirmjäger impressions.

Second Impression: 101st Airborne 

I was going to try to go Marine but there’s an unsurprising absence of Marine living history outfits so I’m forming up with the opposite number of the Fallschirmjäger and running around a little with out local outfit of the screaming eagles.

This is the second of the two impressions both because the Fallschirmjäger unit is understrength and because the total cost of an Airborne kit would be about $1200 with the cheap M-1 Garands I can get through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. A Kar 98 Mauser is still only about $200 so cost wise that a lot more effective just to start even if uniform costs are the same.

 Eventually however I will develop a full kit for both outfits and play bothsides as the case and my mood may warrant. For example if we go to an event with an especially strong Allied presence I’ll wear the one to help bolster the opfor, but if the unit goes to an event with a strong Axis presence I can get my Allied paratrooper boots out and get to work. 

Quote of the post:

“Shiny, let’s be bad guys”

                                     -Jayne Cobb