In Trenches News and Updates

Shipping cost increaseintrenches.com updates

Posted by Chris Pittman Tue, February 27, 2018 07:52PM

I started this site in 2010 and despite very many postage price increases by the US Postal Service, I kept the shipping prices the same over the years. Recently there was another big increase and I cannot continue to lose so much on shipping costs, I have been forced to raise my shipping rates for the first time ever. Shipping one stamp sheet or up to 2 rubber stamps with handles now costs $4 in the USA or $15 to Europe (an increase of $1). Shipping for multiple sheets or larger stamp orders will be more. I don't think any other vendor will ship any parcel for less. "Free shipping" is just built into the price, of course. I remain committed to offering my products to other hobbyists as inexpensively as possible.

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New article - WWII German Handwritingintrenches.com updates

Posted by Chris Pittman Sat, December 16, 2017 12:14AM

Many people have asked me about wartime German handwriting- what styles were used, how to tell the scripts apart, how to learn to write in German script. I posted an article tonight about this. I included some historical background information about handwriting in Germany and show a bunch of examples of the different scripts.

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Soldbuch Portrait Photosintrenches.com updates

Posted by Chris Pittman Thu, December 08, 2016 11:20PM

Many people have asked me what Soldbuch photos should look like. Before 1943, there were no Soldbuch photos for the Heer, SS or Luftwaffe. Most Soldb├╝cher issued 1939-44 had photos added in 1944. They simply used whatever photos were available. Many soldiers never got photos. I posted a new article with some examples of original Soldbuch photos.

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Creating a Roster for a WWII German Reenactment Unitintrenches.com updates

Posted by Chris Pittman Thu, December 01, 2016 12:46AM

Many people have asked me how to create a correct period type roster for their reenactment group. I have posted this information online in countless groups but until now I have not sat down to put all of the necessary information in one place. I've just got a new article up that contains all the details necessary to complete this project: where to get the binder, a printable PDF for period type binder labels, another PDF for the page that had to be filled out for each soldier, plus scans for reference, the translation of the form, and information about how to fill the form out. Every reenactment unit should have a clerk and every reenactment clerk should consider maintaining this type of record, it is a great thing to have.

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At the GapLiving History

Posted by Chris Pittman Tue, January 26, 2016 01:22PM

I'm leaving today for the event at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, and won't be back until Sunday. I can't ship any orders until next week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Letter from a customerRubber stamp projects

Posted by Chris Pittman Tue, December 15, 2015 10:11PM

I wanted to share this nice letter from the Zeitgeschichtliches Museum Mannheim thanking me for a set of reproduction stamps I created for an exhibit. I take pride in making reproductions that are truly museum quality.

"Dear Chris,

we received our order of WW2 copy rubber stamp set today.

Again we are very pleased with your work as it is excellent.

The stamp will be used in our Museum exhibit to show what kind of

stamps were used in the Mannheim area during the time of WW2.

We also appreciate that you questioned us why and what for we needed

the stamps, so you know what will be done with them and that you do

not open doors for fakers.

Again, thank you very much for your great work!"

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SS Uniform Maker StampsRubber stamp projects

Posted by Chris Pittman Mon, December 14, 2015 06:04PM

Here are a couple of rubber ink stamps I made for marking uniform items manufactured in SS facilities. I have designs for many different WWII uniform and equipment stamps, copied from originals. E-mail me at intrenches1945@gmail.com for any custom stamp for marking reproduction items.


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The Schreiber Impression in Living History: a guide for beginnersLiving History

Posted by Chris Pittman Sat, August 08, 2015 02:17AM

I've been having a busy summer and the new In Trenches web shop is still not ready for its debut. In the meantime, I wanted to post this new article. Every reenactment group needs a clerk to issue identity documents and other paperwork. This article is a guide for people interested in this unique specialty impression, it contains tips for how to get started and ideas for the practical application of this skill in a living history context.

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Changes coming soonintrenches.com updates

Posted by Chris Pittman Sun, April 19, 2015 09:41PM

In Trenches launched in 2009 as a source for reproduction WWII rubber stamps. At that time I never could have imagined the worldwide demand for these products. I am pleased to announce that I will be expanding the In Trenches product line to include reproduction documents, period office supplies and other replica and original personal and equipment items. In the coming weeks I plan to launch a brand new, vastly improved web site! Please check back soon!

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Vacationintrenches.com updates

Posted by Chris Pittman Thu, February 26, 2015 11:39AM

I'm leaving to go on a short trip and will be back on March 10. I will have limited e-mail access while I am gone and I will not be able to design, make or ship any stamps until I am back. I've been really busy making stamps lately and I am sure I will be busy when I get back!

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