Our impressions cover European civilians who may
also be members of the the resistance movement.
This page is intended as an aid to help in the
development of your wardrobe and props.
Members are encouraged to expand their collection
and do their own research to improve their
impression. We do not ask that you wear vintage
clothing, but do ask that you make every effort to
put together an outfit that appears to be as true
to the period as possible.
The use of period photos to build your
impression is an ideal way to build your wardrobe.
If you have any question regarding any part of your
wardrobe, please ask a more experience member of the
unit for guidance.
Disclaimer: Since we portray many different
resistance impressions from the various occupied
countries, if you have done your home work and found
other options that would work for your impression,
that is fine also. The following are just some
suggestions for starters.
Boots - German lowquarters, British
ammunition boots, postwar Swiss Gebirgsjaeger boots
or Great War American low-quarters with hobnails are
fine for now. Modern black U.S. army captoe boots
can be used by first-timers only. French army
1917/41 pattern "other ranks" or officer's boots
Pants - French corderoy or moleskin work
pants are ideal, they are durable and relatively
inexpensive. French military 1938 MLE motorcycle or
motorized unit pants, shirts, and overalls are good.
British battledress pants (Postwar Brit battledress
pants must be modified with a thigh and dressing
pocket.) and German reproduction wools are approved
Shirt - with or w/o collar, (no T-shirts)
or sweater (not Army issue). Period civilian French
shirts preferred. Khaki cotton shirts with epaulets
and long or short sleeves are OK, these are best
worn under a wool sweater. British wool collarless
shirts are OK for now. Swiss sleep shirts OK for
Jacket - French moleskin work jackets from
the 30's and '40's are perfect. Stay with dark,
Belt/suspenders - British or German issue
trouser braces OK. Use French Army wide leather
double-buckle belts, or German belts and buckles
(worn upside down or "de-nazified")
Headgear - 1930s French beret, no flash
(insignia). Any dark color. These are solid wool,
without leather edging. Period civilian caps
approved individually. No German headgear, please. A
French Adrian helmet may be worn instead of a
beret or cap. Also, fairly popular with
civilians are what are known as the "Newsboy"
Equipment bag - Any kind of period
military or civilian bag, for example a '35 pattern
French gas mask bag, a French musette bag, German
bread bag or British small/large pack is fine. We
use them to carry food and ammo.
Rifles: German Mauser KAR 98 or Gewehr M98's;
British Enfield No. 1 Mk III; No. 1 Mk III pattern
14's and No. 4 Mk I's. French Model 1886 Lebel, 1936
MAS and Berthier carbines (note: French weapons are
hard to find blanks for!). Prewar civilian rifles
and shotguns are OK (approved individually).
Machine guns: British Sten Mk II's and
Bren guns preferred. German MG's and MP's are
welcome and are considered "captured". Thompson
SMG’s are OK.
Handguns: British .455 Webley or Enfield
.380 British service; French MAB Model D's; German P
38's, P 08's (Luger), PPK's, P 35's (Browning
Hi-Power) and American 1911 or 1911-A1 Gov’t Model
.45 automatics. Prewar civilian handguns are
approved individually. (Finding blanks is a problem
for some of these calibers.) “Blank only” 8mm
pistols are OK (in the above models).
Explosives - SIMULATED grenades, plastique,
mines, detonators, satchel charges, igniters,
incendiaries, booby traps, time pencils, 808, P.E.
#2, fuzes etc. See TSG rules for specs.
1. American uniforms,equipment or weapons, except
for pre-1945 Gov’t Model .45's, or Thompson SMGs
2. Modern military berets, any nationality
3. Complete uniforms, Allied or Axis.
4. Modern tents, wristwatches, sun or eyeglasses,
Anything a (Western Front) German has, we can have.
A weapon or one article of German clothing is the
limit. German gear (mag pouches, breadbags, etc.)
can be worn, but on a limited basis. See equipment
list for captured weapons. (The limitation on German
gear, especially camouflage, is to prevent "friendly
fire" incidents.) Use caution with German uniform
parts, it's hard to look innocent when you're
wearing German wool pants or boots, and you can't
really dump them if you need to.