The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society and the Chesterfield Historical Society are proud to present Macomb County’s newest reenactment event. The event will feature both an Allied and Axis encampment for public displays as well as public battles on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, military vehicles will be on display and vendors will be on site. Meals will be provided for military reenactors thanks to Phil Naud and his World War II field kitchen. We have a very cooperative venue, easy access from a major expressway and a local government that is on board.
Operation Cobra Uniform Regulations U.S. Army VII Corps: 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Division, 3rd Armored Division, 4th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Division, 30th Infantry Division
Uniform: OD Wool Service Uniform Garrison Cap OD Web Trouser Belt OD Field Jacket (M1941) Dismounted Leggings Type II Service Shoes or Roughouts M1 Steel Helmet (Fixed or swivel bale.) OD or white cotton tank top or white cotton t-shirt.* *Any visible undergarments should be of period pattern and color. Green, tan, or any other colored t-shirts will not be allowed.
Combat (buckle) boots, 1943 uniforms or airborne uniforms will not be allowed in the battle. HBT uniforms will be allowed in support roles in limited numbers.
Weapon: M1 Rifle (primary choice) M1903 Rifle B.A.R. M1 Carbine Thompson Sub Machinegun M1911 Pistol The M1 rifle is the preferred rifle for all enlisted riflemen. M1903 rifles will be allowed in limited numbers. Soldiers carrying the B.A.R. should have rank no higher than PFC. Please try to limit the carry of carbines to officers, NCOs, and support personnel (heavy weapon crews, ammo bearers, radio operators, etc). Pistols should be limited to officers, NCOs and heavy weapon crews. No airsoft weapons. “Captured” weapons will not be allowed in the battle. “Trophy” weapons, such as pistols, are allowed for display.
Field Gear: Appropriate cartridge/pistol belt and ammunition pouches. First Aid Pouch (M1910, M1924, or M1942) Cover, Canteen, Dismounted (M1910) Canteen & Cup (M1910) Other field gear items are optional as long as they are appropriate to your impression. Entrenching tools are highly recommended since we will be allowed to dig in. M1928 haversacks are also optional, but recommended (M1936 “mussette” bags will be allowed for officers and NCOs), along with the appropriate edged weapon for your rifle. During the battle, packs will be left in your fox hole. If you bring a pack, please be sure to fill it with something. This could be light weight foam or a blanket, or correct contents for display. Meals will be provided from a field kitchen. Mess kits are recommended; at the minimum you should have a canteen cup and spoon.
German Army: 87th Corps: 2nd SS Panzer Division, 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division, 116th Panzer Division, 352nd Infantry Division, 353rd Infantry Division Uniform: Feldbluse (M42 or M43)* Hosen (M37, M40, M42 or M43)** Feldmutze (M34, M40 or M42 overseas cap or M43 forage caps in wool. No HBTs or Tropicals.) Stahlhelm (M35, M40 or M42)***
* M40 and M41 Feldblusen are acceptable only for reenactors over the age of 20 who would have been in service when those models were standard issue. No M36 or M44 Feldblusen. NO HBTs. **No M36 stone grey trousers. ***Single decal or plain. No double decals. Helmet covers should be kept to a minimum for Heer.
Please keep camouflage items to a minimum so the Axis forces will appear as one cohesive unit. SS Camo smocks or zeltbahns over standard issued wools are fine to differentiate Heer from SS. Feldbluse must be worn under smocks or zelts.
Please, no NSDAP party badges or party awards.
Weapons: 98k Mauser G41 G43 MP38 MP40 MG34 MG42 P08 Luger P38 Walther Pistols are to be limited to NCOs, Officers and heavy weapons crewmen ONLY. No airsoft or “captured” weapons.
Field Gear: Belt with Buckle Ammunition Pouches appropriate to weapon Bread Bag Y-Strap Bayonet appropriate to rifle Gas Mask Canister Entrenching Tool with Carrier Canteen
Field gear should be continental. Individual pieces of tropical gear will be allowed, but not entirely tropical configurations.
As full kit as possible, including helmet, should be worn by each participant in the skirmishes
Gas cape bags should be fixed to the can, not on the strap in the early war configuration