Die Soldaten Living History Group

Die Soldaten Living History Group ,Die Soldaten’ is an award winning Living History Group which consists of enthusiasts who share a passion for the German Army during the Second World War.
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Another unpublished photo from East Week.
25/11/2020

Another unpublished photo from East Week.

Repairing and maintaining kit and uniforms in the field was a crucial routine job, amongst patrolling and night watch.
25/11/2020

Repairing and maintaining kit and uniforms in the field was a crucial routine job, amongst patrolling and night watch.

Another unpublished shot of East Week. The going was tough and the heat at times unbearable, only lessened by cooler sle...
25/11/2020

Another unpublished shot of East Week. The going was tough and the heat at times unbearable, only lessened by cooler sleepless nights.

Regular briefings, to ensure every man knew the situation of the Zug, and their objectives, provided a good opportunity ...
24/11/2020

Regular briefings, to ensure every man knew the situation of the Zug, and their objectives, provided a good opportunity for concerns to be raised about ammunition, food and morale - all of which were in short supply.

An unpublished photo from happier times. Phase 3 of East Week, a weeklong event featuring field and training phases with...
24/11/2020

An unpublished photo from happier times. Phase 3 of East Week, a weeklong event featuring field and training phases with friends from SSTK Living History Group and 284th Rifle Division!

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self. It had bee...
29/09/2020

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self.

It had been punished severely by Allied fighter-bombers, artillery, and tanks, clinging desperately too every line of defence it had held.

On 11th June 1944, Von Der Heydte reviewed the desperate positions of his regiment in the proximity of Carentan, and visited the men along the Hiesville-Carentan rail line. The situation was bleak.

Having been almost exhausted, running critically low on ammunition, Von Der Heydte decided to pull his men back from the northern and western edges of the town, and reform a perimeter to the southwest.

It was around this time that it became apparent that the 17th SS-Panzer Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was moving to support them from the direction of Bordeaux, but could only move in the cover of darkness.

The 17th SS Chief of Staff was the first to arrive, and was appalled to hear that Von Der Heydte had withdrawn from the town. It was a relationship which would further deteriorate. FJR6 was subordinated to the SS division, a further bitter disappointed to the Jäger, soured further by reports that the SS men were not deploying within the town itself.

Here we join signallers from the now battered regiment, desperately trying to link together disparate elements of of the FJR6 Kampfgruppe, with their now parent division. An unenviable job with heavy mortar and artillery fire ripping cables and obliterating positions.

To find out about life for the men of the 17th SS, take a look at the "GVB in der Nähe von Carentan" on the SSTK living history group page!

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self. It had bee...
28/09/2020

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self.

It had been punished severely by Allied fighter-bombers, artillery, and tanks, clinging desperately too every line of defence it had held.

On 11th June 1944, Von Der Heydte reviewed the desperate positions of his regiment in the proximity of Carentan, and visited the men along the Hiesville-Carentan rail line. The situation was bleak.

Having been almost exhausted, running critically low on ammunition, Von Der Heydte decided to pull his men back from the northern and western edges of the town, and reform a perimeter to the southwest.

It was around this time that it became apparent that the 17th SS-Panzer Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was moving to support them from the direction of Bordeaux, but could only move in the cover of darkness.

The 17th SS Chief of Staff was the first to arrive, and was appalled to hear that Von Der Heydte had withdrawn from the town. It was a relationship which would further deteriorate. FJR6 was subordinated to the SS division, a further bitter disappointed to the Jäger, soured further by reports that the SS men were not deploying within the town itself.

Here we join signallers from the now battered regiment, desperately trying to link together disparate elements of of the FJR6 Kampfgruppe, with their now parent division. An unenviable job with heavy mortar and artillery fire ripping cables and obliterating positions.

To find out about life for the men of the 17th SS, take a look at the "GVB in der Nähe von Carentan" on the SSTK living history group page!

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self. It had bee...
28/09/2020

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self.

It had been punished severely by Allied fighter-bombers, artillery, and tanks, clinging desperately too every line of defence it had held.

On 11th June 1944, Von Der Heydte reviewed the desperate positions of his regiment in the proximity of Carentan, and visited the men along the Hiesville-Carentan rail line. The situation was bleak.

Having been almost exhausted, running critically low on ammunition, Von Der Heydte decided to pull his men back from the northern and western edges of the town, and reform a perimeter to the southwest.

It was around this time that it became apparent that the 17th SS-Panzer Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was moving to support them from the direction of Bordeaux, but could only move in the cover of darkness.

The 17th SS Chief of Staff was the first to arrive, and was appalled to hear that Von Der Heydte had withdrawn from the town. It was a relationship which would further deteriorate. FJR6 was subordinated to the SS division, a further bitter disappointed to the Jäger, soured further by reports that the SS men were not deploying within the town itself.

Here we join signallers from the now battered regiment, desperately trying to link together disparate elements of of the FJR6 Kampfgruppe, with their now parent division. An unenviable job with heavy mortar and artillery fire ripping cables and obliterating positions.

To find out about life for the men of the 17th SS, take a look at the "GVB in der Nähe von Carentan" on the SSTK living history group page!

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self. It had bee...
27/09/2020

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self.

It had been punished severely by Allied fighter-bombers, artillery, and tanks, clinging desperately too every line of defence it had held.

On 11th June 1944, Von Der Heydte reviewed the desperate positions of his regiment in the proximity of Carentan, and visited the men along the Hiesville-Carentan rail line. The situation was bleak.

Having been almost exhausted, running critically low on ammunition, Von Der Heydte decided to pull his men back from the northern and western edges of the town, and reform a perimeter to the southwest.

It was around this time that it became apparent that the 17th SS-Panzer Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was moving to support them from the direction of Bordeaux, but could only move in the cover of darkness.

The 17th SS Chief of Staff was the first to arrive, and was appalled to hear that Von Der Heydte had withdrawn from the town. It was a relationship which would further deteriorate. FJR6 was subordinated to the SS division, a further bitter disappointed to the Jäger, soured further by reports that the SS men were not deploying within the town itself.

Here we join signallers from the now battered regiment, desperately trying to link together disparate elements of of the FJR6 Kampfgruppe, with their now parent division. An unenviable job with heavy mortar and artillery fire ripping cables and obliterating positions.

To find out about life for the men of the 17th SS, take a look at the "GVB in der Nähe von Carentan" on the SSTK living history group page!

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self. It had bee...
26/09/2020

After 5 days of ceaseless combat, the once proud Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was a shadow of it's former self.

It had been punished severely by Allied fighter-bombers, artillery, and tanks, clinging desperately too every line of defence it had held.

On 11th June 1944, Von Der Heydte reviewed the desperate positions of his regiment in the proximity of Carentan, and visited the men along the Hiesville-Carentan rail line. The situation was bleak.

Having been almost exhausted, running critically low on ammunition, Von Der Heydte decided to pull his men back from the northern and western edges of the town, and reform a perimeter to the southwest.

It was around this time that it became apparent that the 17th SS-Panzer Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was moving to support them from the direction of Bordeaux, but could only move in the cover of darkness.

The 17th SS Chief of Staff was the first to arrive, and was appalled to hear that Von Der Heydte had withdrawn from the town. It was a relationship which would further deteriorate. FJR6 was subordinated to the SS division, a further bitter disappointed to the Jäger, soured further by reports that the SS men were not deploying within the town itself.

Here we join signallers from the now battered regiment, desperately trying to link together disparate elements of of the FJR6 Kampfgruppe, with their now parent division. An unenviable job with heavy mortar and artillery fire ripping cables and obliterating positions.

To find out about life for the men of the 17th SS, take a look at the "GVB in der Nähe von Carentan" on the SSTK living history group page!

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Based in the UK, members include military enthusiasts, collectors and ex-military, with the core of the group formed by experienced re-enactors/living historians. The main focus of the group is the re-creation of a German Infantry section from the German army (Heer), we do not wish to to depict the elite fighting units or the specially trained troops but the common German soldier that were recruited and died in their millions.

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I just wanted to say that you fellows are very convincing. If you have no objections, I may borrow a wee snippet of your images to help out the work of an under talented artist. No worries if this is a problem. Your photographers are great as well!
Hello, Would you be interested in attending our No Man's Land WW1 and WW2 Event at Bodrhyddan Hall in North Wales on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2020 please? If interested I can forward you some more information and a copy of our booking form? In the meantime below is a copy of our promotional video for this year's event.
Hi all, well it's an honour to be associated with probably the finest WW2 German re-enactment group in the country. Some of you I know many of you I met for the first time at Capel. Your all immersive impression is what re-enactment y is about and I wish I was a few years younger and perhaps with less ailments so I could get on-board. I have promised Josh that I will try again so who knows. I am a member of an American Civil War group that does the same thing and it is nice to see this amount of dedication to the hobby. I hope I am not out of line here but I have attached a video showing the American Eagles Society in action. Done in the style of a Ken Burns documentary. It was really done by a member who was playing with some new software so ignore some cheesy bits. Just wanted you guys to know that there are other dedicated re-enactors out there. I have also shared some of your vids on their site. Hope to see you this year. - please feel free to delete this post if it is not in keeping with your page !
Military Odyssey 2019.
Military Odyssey 2019
Military Odyssey 2019.
Military Odyssey 2019.
Military Odyssey 2019.
Military Odyssey 2019
Hello, I know it's a while away yet but would your members possibly be interested in attending and displaying at our event next year called 'No Man's Land'. The event will be held at Bodrhyddan Hall, North Wales on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2020. We held the event for the first time this year which demonstrated a great success and plenty of potential for us to build on this in future years with over 250+ re-enactors portraying WW1 and WW2, travelling from all over the UK and some from mainland Europe and Ireland. We pride ourselves on an event run by re-enactors for re-enactors while aiming to have a widespread of high quality groups covering a diverse range of nationalities and impressions. Our event this year achieved the largest number of WW1 nationalities ever portrayed at a UK event covering 8 different nationalities and for WW2 we had 5 different nationalities which we aim to build upon in 2020. All of the usual facilities are provided at the event including toilets, water and firewood. We have a number of food caterers, militaria and vintage traders, military vehicles and a real ale/craft beer tent. During the day each day this year on both Saturday and Sunday we held firing demonstrations for members of the public and next hope to make more use of our large arena space. Re-enactors are welcome to both authentic camp or make use of plastic camping including space for tents, motorhomes and caravans. Re-enactors are able to arrive from lunch time on Friday 17th April and remain onsite until Mid-day on Monday 20th April to break up any longer journeys. If you are interested and would like more information please get in touch with me directly or email: [email protected] so that we can add you to our list of interested groups to receive a copy of the event booking forms in due course. In the meantime please feel free to take a look at the page for our 2020 event which will be populated with more information over the coming months: https://www.facebook.com/events/384054165527447/ Best Regards, Peter
Here's some photos of the notebook carried by the Kompanie Spiess, Hauptfeldwebel Fuhrmeister when he was the Spiess of both 2.Kompanie/Fues.Btl. 272 and Fues.Kp. 272. Known as the "Kohlenkasten" (Coal box) by the troops, it was used for many purposes, such as simple notetaking (he knew shorthand), writing down the name of soldiers who had earned his attention (for good and bad) and for tallying the numbers of troops present for duty on any given day.