would love to do a reforger reenact.
il just need more od uniforms,like the m65 jacket and a few
bits and bobs.
here is one close,only the vb boots should be regular
combat boots.havent seen white vb boots used
in germany on pictures.
Ken - Great photo and military kit, what era are your trying to represent?
I was stationed in Germany from 1985-1991 and here are a few comments from when I was there. Others might have different experiences depending on when and where they were in Germany.
I rarely ever saw vb boots worn in the field when I was in Germany. Unless you were on stationary guard duty they just became too hot to wear while walking, especially long distances. A number of folks private purchased German made leather cold weather boots.
The ammunition pouches on the web gear looks to be 1960s/Vietnam vintage canvas. By the 80s we were wearing the nylon ammo pouches.
Also the only time I remember using 20 round magazines was on the range, in the field we almost always had 30 round magazines.
The helmet is appropriate for around 1985 and before. After that the Kevlar helmet was worn.
I don't remember soldiers ever wearing the bayonet in the field either in Berlin or when I was stationed in West Germany. Generally these remained locked up in the arms room.
Add a pace cord with knots or beads tied to your LBE, no GPS navigation back then. Also an angled military flashlight hanging from your LBE. The US Army didn't "own the night" yet and night vision devices were bulky, few and far between. Since I don't see a butt pack or ruck sack then the cargo pockets on you pants should be budging with, depending on the period, C-Ration Cans or MRE packets as well as "pogy bait".
To be REALLY authentic you also need a 3-4 day old beard which is caked with face camo. Not the compact type, but the the sold stuff from the old camo stick that takes days to get the green tint out of your skin once you come back from the field. You don't look nearly tired enough. Assign yourself 4 hours on and 4 hours off guard shifts outside your front door for a few days, sleep in your clothes in your unheated garage in a sleeping bag and have someone shake you awake for your guard shifts and you will have the proper weary look. Don't shower, shave or change your clothes for a week and you will have the proper smell. Dig a hole in your back yard and use that as you "slit latrine" bathroom. Make sure you use only the authentic tiny roll of GI toilet paper that came with your rations.
Edited by ehrentitle, 22 March 2009 - 04:18 AM.