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Showcase Sundays & show updates

By Josh Boyle Recently we have had a change in our membership, so as a result we have had to rethink some of the shows we are attending, reducing the number of public shows. However, we plan to regularly attend Showcase Sundays at Newhaven Fort in East Sussex. We have had immense success with these…

Headwear of the Romanian Army

Note about article: there was a version of this article uploaded on 23/12/21, however, it was deemed to have too many mistakes, and as such was updated on 24/12/21 By Joshua Boyle In this article we will outline the types of headwear commonly seen within photographs of the Romanian Army in WW2. Md.1934 Capela The…

Military Odyssey 2021 – Show Report

By Joshua Boyle, Jack Green & Will Kerrs Joshua Boyle, iC Military Odyssey has always occupied a special place in my heart, being one of the oldest and largest multi-period events in the UK. Our group cut its teeth at Odyssey 2019 when we were joined by Traditia Militara from Romania. I was very impressed…

39th Infantry Regiment Order of Battle

By Joshua Boyle Until now the order of battle of our specific unit has remained somewhat a mystery; English-language sources are somewhat difficult to come by for the Romanian Army in WWII, or at least not ones where the Romanians aren’t been scapegoated for the failures of the Wehrmacht. In Jonathan Trigg’s Death of the…

Tailor made uniforms

By Josh Boyle As you probably know, our uniforms and webbing gear are tailor made by someone in Romania. However, at the moment we are struggling with contact with him. As such, we cannot take any new members. We are currently searching for a UK based tailor to make our uniforms for us, however this…

Structure of the Romanian Infantry Section

By Josh Boyle The very basic block of the Romanian Army was the Infantry Section (or Grupei de lupta) is the 10 man Infantry section. Three of these sections would form an Infantry Platoon (Plutonului de puşcăsi), and in turn three of these Platoons form a Company (Companiei de puşcăsi), which has support elements such…

The Right Arm of the Romanian Army – VZ24

By Jack Green The Vz24 is a Czechoslovakian Bolt action rifle based loosely off of the German Gewehr 98 Mauser rifle, it features a similiar bolt design and look to its German counterpart bar a few small differences. After the dismantling of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 one of the new states to emerge was Czechoslovakia, the new state received control…

The Haiducii: Romania’s Anti-communist Resistance

By Nelu Pielaru In March 1944, the Soviet Red Army moved into Bukovina, in Northern Romania, and began The “liberation” of Romania, which at the time was an Ally of Germany. As soon as the advance into Romania started, People Fled into the forests and surrounding mountains and began forming Anti-Bolshevik Partisan Units of 15-20…

Food of the Romanian Army

By Joshua Boyle “An Army marches on it’s stomach.” Napoleon Bonaparte A problem that has perpetually plagued armies throughout history is the subject of keeping troops fed. If troops are fed poorly, or not fed at all, it can lead to low morale and even mutiny. A problem of reenactors is how to replicate these…

Carte des les Associations

By Joshua Boyle 39th Infantry Regiment are happy to announce we are now officially added to the Carte des les Associations, a worldwide database and map of reenactment groups. We were notified of this website from our colleuges at Traditia Militara, who joined us at Military Odyssey 2019 and whom we have a close connection…

Lockdown 2020 – 2021(?)

By Joshua Boyle Despite the lockdown during 2020 here in the UK severely limiting our ability to do events, our members still took time to try on their kit and equipment, braving all weathers to try their kit out. Here is to a more hopeful 2021 season!

153 Training Division – A vital element in 3rd Romanian Army

By Derek Boyle This article explains about the operational history of one of the German Divisions that served in Romania during WW2 that for a time came under the command of the 3rd Romanian Army. The 153rd Grenadier Division (German: 153. Grenadier-Division), sometimes referred to as 153rd Infantry Division (153. Infanterie-Division) in Wehrmacht documents, was…

Review of Verlag Kopf

By Joshua Boyle, IC Last week we announced we had made an official partnership with Verlag Kopf, a Slovak based e-shop, which creates high quality reproductions of German and American pocket items, instruction booklets and medical items. Our members enjoy a 5% discount in Verlag (one of the many benefits of joining our reenactment group).…

Partnership with Verlag Kopf

By Joshua Boyle, IC We are happy to officially announce that 39th Infantry Regiment are officially partners with @verlag_kopf . Verlag create high quality reproductions of various German personal items such as playing cards, boardgames, posters and ration items, which are all useful for Romanian reenactment. If you get a moment please check them out.https://www.german-ww2.com/

Preparing for an event; what to bring

By Joshua Boyle, IC 39th Infantry Regiment prides ourselves on the semi-immersive and full immersive nature of our public and private events. Due to this the group advises having period correct items, not only to bulk out your breadbag and make it more realistic, but also for use at the shows. The basic premise of…

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