Soviet reenactor admission for the June 17-19 reenactment in at 201 Civil War Lane, Gettysburg, PA.
REGISTRATION COSTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE!
REGISTRATION CHECK-IN HOURS:
Thursday June 17: 12 noon - 11pm
Friday June 18: 8am - 11pm
Saturday June 19: 8am - 11am
All reneactors must be offsite by no later than 12 noon on Sunday June 20.
Online registration will go up to $45 on Monday May 24 and closes on June 13. Walk-ons will be allowed on a case by case basis, but it will cost significantly more. Please contact Jim Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on walking on.
All Soviet reenactors must fit the impression for the 1st Guards Rifle Division. You can find more details below. This is a fairly generic impression and most regular reenactors should have little difficulty in making minor adjustments to tailor their impression to this historic scenario.
Rations will be provided one meal on Friday evening one meal on Saturday evening. Water is on site you must pack anything else you wish to consume.
IF YOU BUY MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS, YOU MUST PROVIDE ALL NAMES IN THE MESSAGE SECTION WHEN YOU CHECKOUT.
The Vitebsk–Orsha offensive was a part of a massive Soviet offensive along the entire eastern front entitled Operation Bagration in summer 1944.
Our focus will be the 1st Guards Rifle Division, the first Soviet troops to break through between Vitebsk and Orsha, which created an encirclement of German troops of the 4th Luftwaffe Field Division and 78th Sturm Division. NO PARTISANS NO EXCEPTIONS.
Mobility and speed for this event are key. Just like they were for our comrades in 1944. This is a mobile event and we will be fighting, moving and sleeping across the entire length of our advance so pack light, prepare to drop packs as necessary and not stay in the same camp twice.
Note on quality reproductions- The MHPG strives to achieve high standards of authenticity. Preferred quality makers for soviet uniforms and equipment are Voin, Voenspets, St. Petersburg workshops, Ostfront Militaria and Red Guard Militaria. Schuster’s is acceptable but their economy line items are not. Hikishop uniforms are not allowed.
Note on grooming - By 1944 morale among the Red Army was greatly improved and soldiers took pride in themselves. Hair cuts should be 1940s style or military fade. Most Soviet soldiers were clean shaven but mustaches that did not exceed the edge of the mouth allowed. NO LONG HAIR OR BEARDS. Female soldiers hair cut above the shoulders or longer hair pinned up under headgear. 40s style buns also allowed.
STORING LARGER ITEMS: Any large items such as water containers, food containers, comms gear, ammunition, and anything that will add to everyone’s experience etc. and any extra food or sundry items that are intended for issuing out at a mail call or resupply are authorized to be stored in the HQ/ cook area under the following conditions:
1:) Everything is clearly marked with your name and unit. This helps not only ID your items but if you radio or send a runner up to get it , it won’t be confused with someone else’s items.
2:) Everything is packed in a period way in cardboard boxes or wooden crates . This helps with storage and transport, and to protect your items from the elements. Also any plastic bags or non period items must be repackaged in a period way or hidden in boxes or ration sacks. This helps keep HQ looking actuate and not a modern campground dump.
3:) You notify the Starshina or his staff to record what you are dropping off to make sure everything is accounted for upon dropping off, and can be added to HQ inventory.
*War time ”no fringe on flag” guards badges are priority* Either original or accurate reproduction. Guards badge is required.
Model 1943 gimnasterka (tunic) - for enlisted soldiers it needs to be the version without breast pockets. Only officers can wear the pocketed version. This is the preferred uniform for the event. Should be quality reproduction or original.
Model 1935 Sharovari (trousers) - these are the standard wartime trousers without the back pockets. Trousers with the back pocket are not allowed for this event. Should be quality reproduction or original.
Model 1935 gimnasterka (tunic) - this is an alternative tunic for this event and should be limited in numbers. If you choose to use this type of tunic it MUST be “converted”: have collar tabs removed and shoulder boards put on NO EXCEPTIONS.
Shinel (overcoat) - Wartime pattern without insignia or with 1943 pattern insignia. NO 1935 OR 1941 COLLAR TABS. Original or quality reproduction. The shinel was standard kit for the red army man so you should have one of these especially to sleep with as soldiers were not issued blankets in the field. Post war brezhnevkas are allowed but MUST NOT HAVE POST WAR INSIGNIA OR STAY BRIGHT BUTTONS.
NO GERMAN UNIFORMS ALLOWED; THIS INCLUDES OVERCOATS, PANTS, TUNICS, AND CAMOUFLAGE.
Pilotka (sidecap) - wartime pattern pilotka either quality reproduction or early post war versions. This is the required soft cap for enlisted men NO USHANKAS OR BUDENOVKAS. Ushankas were issued in the winter and returned once it was warmer; this event takes place in the summer of 44 so they would still be in storage. Budenovkas would be out of circulation by now and are not correct for the time. Use a quality hat star (original, repro or immediate postwar) - avoid bright 1980s style hat stars.
SSh 40 helmet - Wartime/early postwar or repainted late post war helmets preferred but generic late post war helmets are ok.
SSh 39 helmet - SSh 39s would still be around but they MUST NOT have stars painted on front. The order to subdue helmets was issued in 41 by 1944 SSh 39 helmets with the stars would be repainted.
Helmets are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED as there may be "mortar fire", however just wearing the pilotka is acceptable.
Sapogi (tall boots) - All leather sapogi with leather soles or dot soles preferred. Kirza boots are acceptable but MUST have dot soles.
Low boots - black or brown soldiers low boots with leather soles or dot soles preferred. Correct lend lease boots are allowed. Green or grey puttees are preferred black are allowed. NO GI ROUGHOUTS OR SERVICE SHOES NO BRITISH AMMO BOOTS.
NO TRACTOR TREAD BOOTS
Captured German boots to be used on a limited basis.
Belt - leather or canvas soldiers belt. Must be quality reproduction or original. No Hiki shop belts. German belts are acceptable but must be limited and MUST BE DENAZIFIED, this does not mean gluing a cap star to your german buckle. German buckles SHOULD HAVE NAZI SYMBOLS GROUND OFF OR PUNCHED OUT.
Canteen - Wartime glass, wartime and early post war (late 40s) canteens are preferred, this includes the DDR reparation canteens. Post war canteens with the paint removed are acceptable. Must be in wartime or quality reproduction. POST WAR CANTEENS WITH THE PAINT AND POST WAR CARRIERS ARE NOT ALLOWED.
Meshok (rucksack) - Wartime pattern meshok required either original or quality reproduction. NO POST WAR MOTOR RIFLES BAGS (THE ONES WITH EXTRA STRAPS AND THE EXTERNAL POCKET).
Plasch-Palatka (rain cape / shelter) - Must be wartime or early post war. MUST HAVE THE LEATHER GROMMETS NO STEEL GROMMETS.
E-tool - square or spade style tsarist & soviet production preferred. NO LATE POST WAR MPL 50S. German shovels allowed but must be in soviet carrier. Carriers must be wartime or quality reproduction. (E-tool is optional, but highly encouraged for digging in)
Rifle ammo pouches - there is a wide variation of pouches that can be used. They should be wartime made or quality reproduction. By this time in the war soldiers would only be issued one pouch. If using DDR reparation pouches they should be oiled and broken in. NO RESERVE AMMO POUCHES THAT HANG BELOW THE BELT and NO POSTWAR KIRZA POUCHES.
SMG ammo pouches - Soldiers with smgs should have one pouch or no ammo pouches. Drum mag pouch preferred for use with PPSh. Stick mag pouch for PPS allowed in limited numbers. Must be wartime or quality reproduction.
DP27 - the shoulder bags and ammo cans were in use at this time must be wartime or early post war soviet made or quality reproduction.
Gas Mask Bag - By 1944 soldiers are rarely seen carrying gas mask bags. As the war progressed and it became more obvious that chemical warfare was not going to be an issue gas masks and the bags were held in reserve. USE SHOULD BE VERY LIMITED PACK YOUR THINGS IN YOUR MESHOK AND POCKETS.
NO GERMAN AMMO POUCHES FOR RIFLES OR SMGS THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE OF SOVIET TROOPS USING MP40 AMMO POUCHES USE OF GERMAN RIFLE AMMO POUCHES IS RARELY SEEN ON SECONDARY UNITS. WE ARE PORTRAYING A FRONT LINE GUARDS DIVISION WHO WOULD RECEIVE BETTER EQUIPMENT.
Mosin Nagant - The standard infantry weapon of the RKKA. Should be 91/30 rifle, M38 carbines allowed for support roles (cooks, technical personnel etc.) NO M44 CARBINES NO FINNISH MOSINS.
PPSh - The standard SMG of the Red army. Drum Mag preferred, stick mags allowed.
SVT 40 - Semi auto rifle of the RKKA primarily issued to NCOs most commonly to the assistant squad leader. No scoped svt 40s by 1944 the SVT sniper program would have been dropped as the Red Army had issues with zeroing the scopes on the rifles.
DP 27 - Standard LMG of the Red Army. Soviet doctrine called for one per squad.
PPS - New model SMG intended to replace PPSh but never fully did. Allowed in limited numbers.
MP40 - The most commonly used captured weapon, however, they are mostly seen on NCOs and Officers.For the event they are limited to NCOS AND OFFICERS ONLY.
NO GERMAN OR AXIS POWER RIFLES, THIS INCLUDES K98 MAUSER.