Photos from WWII reenactment events in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Ohio, USA, December 2018-March 2019.
One thing you can keep an eye out for is paper with a high recycled content that has not been bleached to bright white. Paper and envelopes in “Recyclinggrau” color, that may be available in Germany, look great.
If you look at pads of “kraft” paper, or colored “construction paper,” you may find usable stuff for making envelopes, small passes or ID documents, or other specific purposes. Here in the US, dollar stores often have sketch pads with thin newsprint type paper that is great.
Newsprint in general is very good to have and is widely available in
pads. The issue with this is that it doesn’t stand up to fountain pen
ink, which will bleed and feather. So newsprint alone is not suitable
for all purposes.There is paper that is marketed today specifically for fountain pen use.
A lot of these pads of paper are 9” x 12” which is ideal as you can cut that down to the DIN A4 size that is and was standard in Germany.
Lastly, keep an eye out for actual
vintage paper. In antique shops and thrift stores you can sometimes find
old typewriter paper or old notebooks. Even small notebooks can yield
great paper for typewritten Soldbuch inserts or other small documents. And old books may have blank end pages that can be utilized.
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.
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.
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 Soldbücher 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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com for any custom stamp for marking reproduction items.
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.