Kreta 1941 (2015)

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Kreta 1941

Fallschirmjäger Uniforms

This event is a great opportunity for early-war uniforms and equipment along with formal continental and summer uniforms. It's May 1941 in Kreta, so for the formal dance the dress uniform, Tuchrock, Lange Hosen, Shoes and Gloves, and Schirmmütze is very period. Our goal is to balance authenticity with commonality, please don’t show up with oddball/rare items. Stick with a common, easily-documented impression.

We recommend you also bring your Luftwaffe Tropical uniform for use after public display hours; it will allow us to be much more comfortable. Hampton Roads can be pretty hot & humid at the end of May!

Haircut / Facial Hair: Please arrive clean-shaven (no facial hair) with a proper 1940’s haircut.

Uniform: Our event theme is Crete 1941, and participants will need the following kit items for their “basic FJ training uniform”, which will be used for all immersion event activities on Friday as well as for the public hangar display on Saturday and Sunday. The basic FJ training uniform will consists of:
- Headgear: blue wool LW Fliegermuetze
- Helmet: should be early war green paint with a clip-on green twill or LW Splinter cover (whichever matches your smock color)
- Shirt: early war white collarless pullover undershirt
- Jump Smock: 2nd pattern LW "step-in" smock in reed green or LW splinter camo
- Jump Trousers: feldgrau wool jump trousers
- Leather Belt in black or brown with LW buckle
- Jump Boots: 1st pattern (side lacing) FJ jump boots or 2nd pattern (front lacing) FJ jump boots
- Uniform Blouse: blue wool Fliegerbluse or Tuchrock will not be needed during any training activities on Friday.

Evening meals will be served “family style” in the hangar, so if you don’t have the LW tropical uniform for “after hour” activities, then bring your wool blouse for evening meals and walking out dress.

Nice To Have Items: the following items aren’t required for participation, but will certainly enhance your jump training sessions as well as the photo sessions with the Ju-52 and public display:
- RZ-1, RZ-16, or RZ-20 parachute (with Parachute transport bag and transport can)
- FJ knee protectors
- FJ elbow protectors
- FJ gauntlets
- FJ gravity knife
- FJ Drop Canister (Waffenbehaelter)

Field Gear: Field gear won’t be needed for jump training/immersion activities on Friday. If you’d like to wear the “combat uniform” during the public display, please ensure your field gear conforms to the 1941 time frame of our display theme.

Bedding: Each participant needs to bring a folding Army cot to sleep on, along with period German bed linens (ie, blue & white checkered blanket cover & pillow case. Participants should also bring some sort of mosquito netting for their cot because the hangar doors remain open day and night. Army cots typically have holes drilled into the frame to insert short poles for supporting a mosquito net, so bring your own poles too. Poles and netting should only be set up at night and removed/stored during the day.

Chair: Participants need to bring a period-looking wooden folding chair to use for seating at evening meals.


Kreta 1941 participants should wear “early war” Fallschirmjäger kit items appropriate to May 1941. These include:

Jump helmet: Ideally painted early war green, double decaled. MUST have a clip on helmet cover in either green or LW Splinter camo pattern

Jump Smock: early war 2nd pattern smock (step-in) in either green twill or Luftwaffe Splinter camo pattern (which made their debut in time for Crete)

Fliegerbluse: Make sure you don't have have a "Kreta" or "Afrika" cuff title, as they weren't around in May 1941!

Green Wool Jump Trousers

Jump Boots: Side lacing (1st pattern) jump boots were the vast majority; front lacing boots made their debut at Crete, so are acceptable

Fliegermuetze Flyer's Cap (no M-43's)

Shirt: Early war collarless white shirt.

Bandoleers should be early war 1st Pattern (i.e., narrow strip flap in green only)2nd pattern (i.e., 2 snaps per flap in green or blue), or 3rd pattern blue w/ rounded flaps or trapezoid flaps

Gas Mask Bag: green canvas or early war blue canvas

Weapons: Small arms should be appropriate for use in 1941. No "captured" weapons. Sidearms should only be either P-38 or P-08 in hardshell holster