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This section is for the reenactor who wants to research both the history of WW 2 and the ethics of reenacting.  Every reenactor should strive to improve his impression and his knowledge of WW 2.  As with any other hobby, reenacting requires practice and research to improve your impression and enjoyment in participation.  We have included several links related to the research of WW 2 and the code of ethics within the reenacting community.  If you know of a good resource we've missed please let us know.

Awards and Rank

As with the military, when you join a unit you start at the bottom.  People who enter a unit who make themselves an officer or high NCO  will not earn the respect of their peers.  Remember rank and awards must be earned.   The following is a link to some awards guidelines.  Also see the rank section of this web site to understand the German military structure.
Click here for awards guidlines.

Research on the Web

The following are some of the best links for WW 2 German research.

Handbok of German Military Forces

Also included is a site that has free downloads of books and video to aid you in your research.
Also you should check out YouTube.com.  They have collections of authentic WW 2 films and modern reenactments.

Recomended reading
"Elite Panzer Strike Force"
The History of the 130 Panzer-Lehr
A book you wont put down.

Featuring for the first time in one reference volume the structure and equipment of the German and Axis terrestrial combat units in World War II. The book examines the organization of each army, its rank structure and numerical groupings as a prerequisite to examining each soldier’s equipment in detail: his clothing- boots, trousers, helmet, tunic, greatcoat, camouflage, his weapons, his support items like medical kit, mess kit and rations. Each section will feature archive pictures of the soldier in the field and specially photographed artifacts, showing preserved examples of the items that he carried with him. There will be badges, medals, pennants and flags as well as other popular personal items carried by many troops like cigarette lighters, razors and postcards of loved ones, which were not standard issue but of extreme importance to each man. The book will evaluate that equipment and how it compared to that of other soldiers in other armies both on the same side and among the opposing forces