45th Infantry Division Thunderbird Second WorldWar

Equipment For
WWII Reenacting

45th Infantry Division Thunderbird Second WorldWar
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Introduction to the WWIIRA and 45th Infantry Division, World War II Reenactors

An explanation of who the WWIIRA and World War Two reenactors are

What you will want to know if you have an interest in working with us.

The photo gallery has historical images of the WWII, Thunderbirds and 45th ID reenacting photos.

Information about Venturing Crew 1941, Boy Scouts of America

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These are the World War II events that you will find the WWIIRA in attendance.

Learn about the Men and campaigns of the 45th Infantry Division in WW II.

Links to 45th related, World War 2, or community support websites

Learn about our project to help our present day Military with civilian relations

Table of Contents listing all of the pages on our WW II 45th Division and Reenacting website, including a list of Maps.
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Getting started in World War II reenacting can be confusing. There is a lot of equipment out there. To get started and attend your first event with our unit, here is a list of what you will need. Depending on your size, some of these items can be loaned to you. Your first priority should be to purchase a pair of boots. If you don't know where to start looking, head to the links page and browse through the vendors' websites. We recommend that you ask a unit member that has been in the hobby for some time before you purchase anything.

 

Equipment Necessary for Your First Event

Boots (Double buckle or low quarter)
Leggings (with low quarter boots)
Trousers, wool or HBT
Shirt, wool or HBT

Belt with buckle

Cap (HBT, wool jeep cap, or overseas)
Helmet & liner
M1923 Cartridge belt
M1936 Field Pack
Canteen, cup, & cover
First Aid pouch & packet
Firearm (WWII US Military)
Although you won't need to bring it with you, a priority item to pick up for training purposes is FM 21-100 Basic Field Manual Soldier's Handbook dated before 1945.

Once you've gotten started you'll find that part of the fun in this hobby is hunting for bargains on original equipment to add to your collection. Here is a list of additional items that can be helpful to have, and a blast to brag about if you beat out the prices others have found. Please keep in mind that this is still only a partial list. You never know what you may find.

Additional Optional Equipment

Uniform Items

Coat, Service (Class A 4 pocket tunic)
Gloves w/ liners
Handkerchiefs, OD
Hood, OD
ID Tags
Jacket, ETO (Eisenhower Jacket)
Jacket, Field (M41 or M43)
Neckerchief, OD
Necktie, Tan
Overcoat
Scarf, OD
Shoes
Shorts, Brown/OD
Socks, OD
Suspenders, OD
Sweater, Brown

T-shirts, OD

 

Field Equipment

Bayonet
Belt, Pistol
Case, Compass
Compass
E-tool w/ cover
Flashlight
Helmet net
Knife, field
Mask, Prot w/ carrier
Mess kit w/ utensils
Musette bag
Overshoes
Poncho
Shoe Pacs

Suspenders, belt

 

Misc. Equipment

Binoculars
Blanket, wool
Chair, folding
Duffle bag
Footlocker
Sleeping bag
Table, field

 

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