Links

Below are some useful links that may be of interest to collectors and re-enactors. You can click on the name of the website to open it in a new tab. If you would like to have your link added,  send me a message.

Militaria Dealers

Militaria Plaza
This is the website of my friend Jim who has a great website with a nice variety of original militaria and on top of that is a great and honest guy to deal with! He is the go-to guy for german combat uniforms and insignia!

Ardennes44
This great website has some of the best equipment pieces available for collectors. All of the offered items are simply very rare or in very good i.e. “Museum grade” condition!

Tarnmilitaria
A great webshop concentrated on field equipment, uniforms and parts for vehicles and radios. Willem also has great skills in restoring vehicles!

IMCS Militaria
My friend Mark van Thiel’s website has nearly daily updates with all sorts of interesting things. Not only German but also a lot of allied items can be found on his website!

Clements Militaria
Michel runs two websites, one for reenactors and one for collectors. He focusses mainly on American and British infantry and airborne items.

Historia mannequins
If I want to recommend a mannequin business I would for sure start with Historia mannequins. This webshop sells mannequins in small sizes with characteristic heads. They are a very good base to use as is and even better when they are painted. If anyone would like a mannequin for small uniforms I would suggest ordering one through this webshop!

Oorlogsspullen
My friend Jeroen just started his new webshop, he carries many personal items and uniform pieces from the period! I’ve known him for over 10 years and its a pleasure to do business with him.

Arnhem44
A new website of another Dutch collector who is very passionate about equipment like me. He has some nice used condition items with a lot of character!

EA-Militaria
From period toys to equipment to miscellaneous items, EA-Militaria offers you a wide variety of Original German items. Make sure you take a peek and keep updated with their weekly updates.

World War Collectibles
Arthur goes to many shows and has a very broad variety of items from all countries but offers mainly German items. He offers them with a guarantee on originality!

The Quartermaster Store
My friend Henny has a website that offers a wide range of militaria from all nations. Next to world war 2 militaria he also has a wide arrange of world war one items!

Linda Mae Militaria
My overseas friend Blaine Leamon has a webshop with a wide arrange of German items in good condition. A lot of great items on his website that are also nicely photographed!

Research websites

WW2 US Medical Research Centre
A great in depth website by my friends Ben Major and Alain Betens documenting the American medical equipment and supplies. Ben built my website and what shall I say? Without him this site would not be so nice today!

Kriegsberichter-Archive
This website is a compilation of many original German war photographers pictures. Sorted in albums that are either of one roll of film or a single photographer. The albums show all the pictures, so not just the ones that made it into the press. In this way one can have a in depth view on the daily life of the German soldiers. Nothing is left out and that is wat makes this website so interesting. Please take a look at the vast quantity of original pictures that have been painstakingly documented by my friend Drew on his website!

Der Erste Zug
A great website with many articles about German uniform items, tactics, mannerisms and much more. I always recommend this website to beginning collectors and reenactors since it has a very wide research base on most aspects of the German army soldier during world war two. Definitely worth a read!

Bergflak
A great website for the collector of German weapons and the accompanying equipment. The website discusses many of the specialized equipment for the MG34 and MG42. This comprehensively made in depth website is a must see for people interested in the MG42 and it’s equipment!

Claus Espeholt
Claus has made a nice documentation on G43 pouches, G43 and MP44. He has many pictures and in depth detailes described both in text and pictures.

Projekt 1944
This website was launched back around 2008 when living history was still a “new” thing in Europe, or it was at least for me. I’ve worked together with them on quite some occasions doing living history photoshoots. The website has many interesting photo series made with original items explaining how they where used in a story line. The stories on the website are interesting to read and give a lot of background information on the shown items, uniforms and units!

MP44.nl
This website made by Tom has a great introduction on German equipment. Most if not all basic equipment items are shown complete with the correct way of wear and use. If you ask me what website inspired me most to make my own, it might be mp44.

MP40
A comprehensive website designed around all the accecoires on the MP40 submachine gun. It nicely describes the different types of MP40 pouches and makers. Other rarely known accessories are also documented in depth on this website! A must see for collectors interested in MP40’s!

German WW2 Helmet
Jan from Norway has just created a nice reference website with many helmets locally found in Norway. It is a good reference page with mostly locally acquired or out of the woodwork helmets. A must see for helmet collectors!

Rg 34
This website is a must-see for enthousiasts of the German cleaning kits or Reinigunsgerät 34! It has a wide arrange of information of all different models, manufacturers and variations.

German Helmet Vault
The German helmet vault is a newer website concentrated purely on German helmets. It’s very detailed and shows a wide arrange of different helmets in good condition. It has a lot of information!

German-helmets.com
This website was one of the first well designed, highly detailed information websites regarding German Helmets that I encountered about 10 years ago. A good source of information for both the novice and experienced collector!

 

Recommended Museums

Baugnez44
Located next to Malmedy it has simply the best German uniform and equipment collection in the world. Most if not all of the items are unique to the region or in mint condition. All of this is presented on highly realistic mannequins painted by my friend Raoul brink or in display cases that have been very aesthetically filled. I have visited this museum plenty of times and if you want to study original equipment from up close, this is the place to go!

December44
This museum is another must see when you are in the Ardennes. Like the museum in Baugnez, the quality is very high. This museum, mainly focussed on original items found in and around La Gleize, has some very unique pieces on display. All of this is presented on highly realistic mannequins painted by my friend Raoul brink or in display cases that have been very aesthetically filled. The original Mapcase from Jochen Peiper, amongst many other unique items, can be seen here.

Eyewitness
This museum, located in the south of the Netherlands has a immense collection displayed on very lifelike sillicone mannequins. If you want to see a LOT of items you really need to go there. The museum is literally stacked with original items in good to mint condition.

Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster
The German Panzermuseum in Munster is one of the major museums in the world when it comes to German armourer vehicles and tanks. It houses many vehicles from motorcycles to tanks. A must see for the German vehicle enthousiast!

Reenactment groups

3. Kompanie Panzergrenadier regiment 60 ” Der Windhund “
This is the primary group I reenact with. The guys in this unit, past and present, are close friends of mine and I’ve travelled all over Europe together with them. We focus on a accurate impression right into the details and enjoy tactical and full immersion events most.

Fronthistoriska Föreningen (FHF)
This Swedish living history group is simply one of the best living history groups around. Their focus on details is amazing. Their knowledge on the portrayal of the late war Panzergrenadier is very intense. We work together with them a lot during international events. Great photo’s on their Facebook page too!

Die Soldaten
Another great group doing many photo studies and recreations. Together with the two above mentioned groups they are some of the most innovative and leading groups in the world.
Formed from members of the respected ‘GD Panzerfusilier’ Regiment reenactment group.  The group’s objective is to recreate as closely as possible the sights and sounds  of a German infantry section in the field during the period 1943 – 45. This is achieved through the use of both original and reproduction uniforms and equipment researched from wartime photographs and documents. Their Facebook page is full with good pictures!

Reenacting and living history suppliers 

At The Front
The one stop shop run by my friend Rollin who goes great lengths to reproducing items for living history purposes. Next to this he has a few excellent articles on his website on original uniforms and equipment.

Nordhaus Tarnbekleidung
My friend Chris reproduces some of the hardest to find and Waffen-SS camouflage garments. These are dead-on and hand made for the best possible quality. I can only imagine the headaches and struggles to reproduce some of the stuff he makes!

In Trenches
Chris Pittmann is one of the most knowledgable people I know in Soldbucher and other personal items from the period. He reproduces stamps, soldbucher and other paper forms. He is the go to guy if you need a filled in Soldbuch for reenacting!

Kriegsende Militaria 
Kriegsende focusses mostly on pocket litter, the small items every reenactor should carry in his pockets. He has some nice small items that (even in Europe) are becoming hard to find.

McFarthingbowls Reenactmentshop
My friend Tim van Deutekom runs this reenactmentshop very dedicated for a long time. Also he is thé man if you need costumes for films or documentaries. He has many many interesting items and arguably the best reproduction kragenlitzen available to mankind!

Rob van Meel military reprints
My good friend Rob reproduces all sorts of manuals for all sorts of vehicles, weapons and armies. He carries some of the most obsolete manuals of some of the rarest motorcycles, tanks or trucks. If you want to restore a vehicle and struggle to find parts numbers or just want to know how to disassemble your prized possession I would highly recommend sending him a message. He will most likely have the manual or tell you where to find the information.