Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Odessa, NY Tactical 2012

Images from the annual Western Front tactical held on a majestic and expansive parcel of farmland in upstate New York. This year 3. Panzergrenadier Division portrayed a mix of combat, headquarters, and observation  personnel. As always we lived without the comforts of home while experiencing the lives of common Wehrmacht ground troops in 1944. 

Morning on the Italien Front, fog settling in the rolling hillside

Gefr. Heider riding out to distribute early dispatches

A small observation party moving out

Taking ranges to various landmarks and tactical positions

Uffz. Kaminsky confirms observations with maps of the area

Observing the entire horizon

Gefreiten Stahl and Heider take over the observation position

Preparing to retire from the field

Feldwebel Clauss leads the observation party across an exposed field

Taking cover from aerial reconnaissance

A farmhouse is hit by an enemy air raid

The beautiful, and deadly, wind-swept fields of Italy

Veterans of III/Grenadier-Regiment (mot.) 8 pose for a picture

Feldwebel Clauss and his Krad at the end of the day

Our relatively comfortable headquarters removed from the nearby front lines

Sun sets over the field

Dunbarton, NH Tactical

Images from a Western Front tactical event held in Dunbarton, NH, July 2012.

Soldaten review orders and enjoy Ersatz Kaffee

Preparing food in a concealed area of woodlands

Uffz. Kaminsky conferring with a counterpart from the SS

Gefr. Graf preparing to engage the enemy

Soldaten receive a brief respite from duty and share a simple meal while resting

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fort Taber Public Display, June 2012

The following photos depict a Second World War-themed public display held at Fort Taber in New Bedford, MA. Fort Taber is a mid-19th century era coastal fortification featuring a large main fortress and several outlying disused gun casemates. 3PGD participated as part of an annual living history weekend featuring American, British, and German reenactor displays and a public battle.

Hauptfeldwebel Tietze oversees the operations at Kompanie Hauptquartier

A typical Zeltbahn display

The weapons of the Papierkrieg

Don L. prepares his rations on an esbit stove

Gefreiter Graf prepares for morning inspection

Hauptquartier staff updating Kompanie paperwork and records

A simple Zeltlager inside the fort's walls

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dudley, MA Immersion Event

For this event the unit recreated a quiet weekend along the Rhine estuary, defending a suburb of Koln during March 1945. Our primary goals included the construction of semi-permanent field positions, a field communications network, establishing a Vorpost (listening station), and a functional headquarters for the depleted Kompanie. This event was another unit-only immersion scenario where no tactical takes place and members get to experience the minutia of living in the Wehrmacht during the latter stages of the war.

Additional images are available at unit member Sean O'Brien's personal webpage:

Feldwebel Clauss and Hauptfeldwebel Tietze return from a Krad patrol bearing a box of captured supplies.

Beginning construction of a shallow trench connecting the machine gun position with the observation/communications position

Grenadier "Ox" picking through the rocky earth

A view from inside the completed machine gun position, also visible are the flare gun and spare barrel carrier

Digging ever deeper sections of trench, a building in the background has been hit by an enemy shell

Gefreiter Kramarz communicating with headquarters

The machine gun squad departs on patrol from its home in the barn (background)

The patrol skirts the Rhine estuary on foot

A section of trench seen from inside the machine gun position

Grenadier Baumann poses by the completed machine gun position overlooking the river

Gefreiter Graf rests after manning his Vorpost

Grenadier Adler standing by with his MG42

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fort Indiantown Gap Barracks Event, 2012

Images from the annual barracks event held at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. This annual event is one of the largest gatherings of Second World War reenactors on the East Coast and, once again, 3. Panzergrenadier Division partnered with other like-minded Heer (Army) units at this event.

Hauptfeldwebel Tietze holds court with his fellow non-commissioned officers over a game of "Mensch aergere Dich nicht"

Gefreiter Graf demonstrates his hand-to-hand combat technique

The Kompanie Feldpost brimming with packages from the home front

A perfectly organized locker

Gren. Adler and Gefr. Graf looking stern

Passing time with the film projector

Leutnant Stahl's administrative desk, supporting Battalion paperwork

Grefreiten Hardenburg and Kramarz assist with the Papierkrieg

Soldaten of 9. Kompanie imbibe a grim meal heated with esbit stoves