Historian, why? He is not saying other people shouldn't stay on but that he would feel uncomfortable as a US GI in his mid 30's. How is this for a better example, my father is fifty-something, he has a short beard and mustache which he has had since he could grow one. A few years ago I joined a 12th SS unit, he joined too after a short while but recently he has become very uncomfortable with the unit not because they are SS but because they are Hitler Youth and that is one thing he is not, in response he has decided to stop being 12th SS and start doing Volkssturm. Many people would stick with the 12th SS thing but they would also look stupid. It is all about ones own standards, I would say that someone aged above say 40 in the 12th SS looked really stupid (for whilst many men from auxhilliary units were grafted into the 12th SS the chances of them being much older than 40 are minimal) and so I would not do so, if others are comfortable with it then so be it. As for the underwear thing, I am impressed. To be honest though I will stick by my original analysis, I reckon that most 'impressions' are worked on at certain levels: 1. basic uniform and field gear, people get their uniforms sorted, sometimes they are a bit rough or badly done but they are there, basic field gear to go with the uniform, thats enough to go into the field with. 2. High quality uniforms and kit, people get good reporductions and 'perfect' that element of their impression 3. Specialist gear, people get together kit that fits in with a particular role within the unit, this usually comes with a biography of sorts which would explain how the individual became a signaller, medic, gunner etc. This would also include things like peperwork and stuff that can go on displays to make them more interesting 4. Unseen personal items, odds and ends to fill pockets, that kind of thing. This would also include underwear etc I guess. This is the point at which people start to try to sort things that people sometimes scoff at, contacting veterans for information about clothes for example. The fact is that this kind of thing may not make much difference to the way you look to the public, it does however make you feel more authentic and that makes a huge difference, after all for a lot of us that is what its all about, getting a feel for what it was like. Going back to the German underwear thing, I am currently on the lookout for an airtex vest (which is what the Germans wore incidentally, they are still produced these days in much the same material) and trying to do some research into the kind of civilian underwear that would be available. Actually I am currently trying to sort some wool for my nan to knit some socks out of, of the sort that were sent from home to German soldiers.