I think it would be interesting to post on the forum what we re-enactors have in the way of kit and what we think of it, I find it interesting to see peoples gear and how they wear it because it is highly ideosyncratic and I would think very realistic, I will explain what I mean better in a minute but first hear is a list of my gear (that I usualy wear) from the top down: Steel Helmet (or lid as they are more often known to us): I have an original helmet with a Czech liner it is comfortable though hot, at the last battle I ended up pouring sweat out of it, we have to wear a helmet in battles for safety purposes though some groups can wear their caps Helmet cover: I have an early pattern oakleaf cover without foliage loops, it is the really vivid orange and green type, looks very nice though I am thinking of getting some straps for foliage and hessian etc Soft cap: I have 2, an M43 and an M40 but I prefer the side cap so my dad uses the M43. It is a very good repro complete with a stamp inside. I use it a lot, I generally wear it rather than my helmet if at all possible with the lid strapped to my belt or y-straps Tunic: I have a reproduction M44 tunic made in Germany with Grenadiers insignia. It is a very nice reproduction with an inside pocket (perfect for a mobile phone or a mouth organ). It is rather rough material but as the collar is generally open it is not too rough on the neck and it is remarkably cool. I wore it with a shirt and smock in summer last year and didnt get too hot, staggering really Scarf: Ok, so it is hardly uniform but it is my way of maintaing my individuality. Summer or winter I wear either a black silk scarf or a scrim net. This too is very realistic as Grenadiers were allowed to do this in the field and it was a good way of maintaing a measure of individuality amongst all the uniforms Upper Body Camo: I wear a reproduction M44 peas dot tunic. It is very nice, cool in the summer but with no real insulation value unless worn over something else but its collar is good and warm in winter. I like it a lot as it is very effective, the only problem is it constricts arm movement a little when worn with a tunic and shirt Shirt: I have a brown french tropical shirt but it is exactly the same as a Hitler youth shirt (ideal for my unit, the 12SS, as they were very common) except the epauletts, I am going to modify them and stick on loups for the correct straps Trousers: I wear reproduction M43 trousers with working pockets including a fob pocket. I am trying to get some braces to hold them up because as with most types of German uniform trousers they slowly work their way down during the day eventualy ending up with the crotch somewhere round the knees. I generally keep a British Jack Knife in the pocket which oddly enough, my Grandfather carried around Italy when he was fighting in the British Army Camo Trousers: I wear a pair of reproduction Italian camo trousers with a large leg pocket. The majority of Italian camo was issued to the HJ division though some went to the LAH or even more rarley to the Whermacht Boots: I wear ankle boots with gaiters. They are very uncomfortable unless you wear them with 2 pairs of socks at least. The gaiters look quite good though particularly with the trousers folded over the top slightly Field Gear: I have regulation field gear though it is a variation from the norm in that I wear a folding 'Austrian' entrenching tool and carry my mess tin and bottle on my bread bag. I am trying to get an a-frame, zeltbahn and straps so that I can put my mess tin on the a-frame and wrap my blanket around it with the Zeltbahn underneath. I will hopefully have it by Christmas (or maybe even for Christmas ) So lets hear about your gear if you re-enact. If anyone has any questions about my stuff I will be glad to answer them.