This page is an index to articles and reference material we have been able to make available.
Kompanie Regulations Translated from “Hilfsbuch für den Hauptfeldwebel” by Hans Rödel, 1943, pages 127-146. (PDF)
Regulations for the “Unteroffizier vom Dienst” Translated from “Hilfsbuch für den Hauptfeldwebel” by Hans Rödel, 1943, pages 146-155. (PDF)
“Dienstplan” – Daily Duty Plan for Wehrmacht Training
Truppenkennzeichen des Feldheeres 1944 German document from the US National Archives that indicates the correct Waffenfarbe and shoulder board insignia for every type of unit in the German Feldheer. (PDF)
WWII German Army Regulations on Cleaning and Maintenance of Uniforms and Equipment Translated from “Hilfsbuch für den Hauptfeldwebel” by Hans Rödel, 1943.
WWII German Army Regulations on the Fit of Uniform and Equipment Items Translated from “Hilfsbuch für den Hauptfeldwebel” by Hans Rödel, 1943.
Wehrmacht Guidelines for Inspections Translated from “Hilfsbuch für den Hauptfeldwebel” by Hans Rödel, 1943.
Karten- und Geländekunde Undated WWII-era German manual, “Maps and Topography.” This does not appear to be a military issue manual, but there is information here about reporting, so clearly this was geared towards military/paramilitary use. Topics covered: Maps, landforms, orienteering in terrain using a map, the preparation of sketches. This is a scan of the original, German language of course. (PDF)
The Gruppe as Feldwach Translated from the German Army manual H.Dv. 130/2a, “Ausbildungsvorschrift für die Infanterie, Heft 2a: Die Schützenkompanie,” from 1942.
Distribution, Equipment and Tasks of the Squad Also from H.Dv. 130/2a.
Clothing care tips from “Tornister-Lexikon für den Frontsoldaten” by Gerhard Bönicke, 1943.
Sicherungs-Tafel by Werner Kleinow, instructions of security of German military units
Zeltstock 01 The Wehrmacht-issue tent pole section.
General Historical Information
WWII German “Booby Traps” by Willi Graf
The Winter Clothing of the German Soldier By Oberfeldzahlmeister Wortmann, translated from “Deutsche Uniformen-Zeitschrift,” February 1944.
The Story of the “Westwall Ring” Translated from “Wir von der Westfront,” 1940.
German Infantry versus Soviet Partisans in Russia, January 1942 Translated from “3. Infanterie-Division, 3. Infanterie-Division (mot.), 3. Panzergrenadier-Division” by Gerhard Dieckhoff.
Ideological Motivations of German Soldiers A short excerpt from the US Army Report “Trends in Wehrmacht Morale”
Shortages on the “Heimatfront,” 1941-45
“Lied der Front” (Song of the Front) song book, 1940
“Sing mit, Kamerad!” Wartime German song book
“Condemned to Live” Short excerpts from the memoir by Franz Fritsch, about wartime life in the field.
Field Expedient Lamps, from “Tornister-Lexikon für den Frontsoldaten” by Gerhard Bönicke, 1943
WWII German Board Games “Melder Vor!” and “Stosstrupp greift an!” with printable PDF files
Translated Wartime Recipes
Simple WWII German Recipes for Schweinebraten, Gulasch and Meatballs Translated from the cookbook “Östliche Speise nach deutscher Art”.
More Original WWII Wehrmacht Field Kitchen Recipes Recipes for stews, Rouladen, dishes with cabbage, dishes with ground beef
Recipes for Buckwheat Groats from the war diary of the 281. Sicherungs-Division, 1941
Recipes from “Tornister-Lexikon für den Frontsoldaten” by Gerhard Bönicke. This was a book of tips for life in the field that was published by the Wehrmacht for distribution to soldiers in 1943. It’s here in four parts:
Part 1: Soups and egg dishes
Part 2: Vegetable and potato dishes
Part 3: Fish, meat dishes and sauces
Part 4: Salads, miscellaneous, sweet dishes and drinks
Information on Sicherung Units
German Wehrmacht Security Units in WWII
Soldbuch of an Obergefreiter in Sicherungs-Regiment 195
Translated archive document – Operation to Combat Partisans, October 22, 1942. Includes a list of weapons and clothing found in a partisan camp.
Translated archive document – General Guidelines for Security of Units Against Ambushes by Partisans and Separated Enemy Units, 1941
Rear Area Security in Russia 1948 publication by the US Army, prepared by a committee of former Wehrmacht generals and general staff officers with extensive Eastern Front experience. (PDF)
Uniform and equipment lists for soldiers in Landesschützen and Sicherung units
WWII German Wehrmacht Unit Designations and Abbreviations A basic primer for reenactment
Reenactment display – Verpflegungstross by Markus Brunner
Insert Pages for the Soldbuch Includes printable PDF files for manufacturing reproductions.
Perspectives and Opinions
The Things One May Have Carried Ideas about personal items, by Markus Brunner
Look It, Live It, Love It Beyond the material.
If It Could Talk… The “Zone.”
Public Events: A Response to Questions About Atrocities
“Clothing of the Wounded” The reenactor myth of “extra gear from the battlefield” versus reality.
German Terms for Uniform and Equipment Items, and Language Tips for Reenactors
Bread and Spreads An idea about rations.
Pizza in the Field? Pitfalls of basing a historical impression on one photo.