Starting this hobby can be very daunting if you have not done anything like this before. There are many easy mistakes to make and these mistakes can be expensive. If you are interested in joining C Company then this page will hopefully lead you in the right direction when it comes to what kit to buy and where to get it as well as easy mistakes to avoid.
If you are interested in joining the group you must follow the groups rules regarding authentic hair cuts and uniform standards.
The most important thing to remember is that if you are ever unsure of anything please dont hesitate to ask one of our NCO's who have vast amounts of knowlage on everything from uniforms to equipment.
Another very important thing to bare in mind is that reproduction kit is convenient but in most cases of extreamly low quality and in some cases make an impression very very poor to say the least. In C Company we pride ourselves in an impression that is as accurate as we can possibly make it and we hope that as a new memeber you will understand this.
As a group we are able to loan new members various peices of kit for shows and we would prefer to loan kit rather than see you turn up to an event wearing something that is either incorrect or not up to our standards. The wearing of incorrect or poor quality reproduction kit is something we do not tolerate as it reduces the quality of our overall group. We are dedicated to keeping the memory of the 29th division alive and therefore every memeber of our group is responsible for reprisenting the 29th division to the best of their abilities.
So where should you start as a new member of C Company?
The basic uniform list.
This uniform is the bare minimum you will need and is quite easy to obtain. As a group we can lend the odd item if needs be.
Garrison cap with 116th DI.
Enlisted mans wool shirt.
M1937 wool trousers.
Service boots/rough out boots.
M41 Jacket with 29th patch.
Enlisted trouser belt OD3.
Above: C Company at the Coleville Cemetary on June 6th 2019.
We are wearing everything on the basic list in this image. with the addition of M6 gas mask bags and GP bags in some cases.
Wool shirts, Trousers, boots and M41 Jackets are usually ok to buy reproduction from decent suppliers.
M41 Jacket reproductions are good in most cases but we do recomend you try anything on first before buying it as some sizing issues have been found in all the reproduction gear we come across.
When it comes to wool trousers there are 3 different patterns to look out for, the ones you want are the M1937 pattern wool trousers as the other 2 patterns were only available very late 1944 and 1945. Reproductions can often have a modern leg cut but are usually ok. Originals are still around and can sometimes be cheaper than reproductions.
Original wool shirts up to a 40 chest are quite common and decently priced however for 40 + chest a reproduction shirt may be the way to go as larger sizes are rare and usually expensive.
Hair cuts and facial hair.
Short back and sides and the tops yours (within reason) is the rule we go on in C Company.
No side burns.
If you have your hair long on top you must be able to still wear your garrison cap smartly.
LEFT - Typical US army haircut.
NO BEARDS. Beards are not authentic and therefore we do not allow them in our group. 3 days unshaven is acceptable at events where the impression is in the field.
Mustaches are allowed as long as they fit the style of the 40s which was usually the pencil small trimmed mustache.
If you cannot commit to these rules then C Company is not the group for you. We pride ourselves in potraying the 29th Division as accurately as possible and we feel it is a sign of respect to look the part.
We want members who respect the history and take pride in themselves and their impression.
Modern glasses can ruin a perfectly authentic impression like in the photograph on the right.
If you wear glasses we require that you please get some authentic frames which are not expensive or use contact lenses.
The Optometrist Attic in the US sells authentic glasses used by GI's in WW2.
You might even be able to get glasses that look similar at your local opticians which is always acceptable over modern style plastic frames.
As a new member of C Company who wears glasses this should be considered part of your basic uniform.