East German Motor Rifles – Equipment

One of the East German units at East Wind is a unit of National Volks Armee (NVA) Motorisierte Schützen (Motor Rifles). The NVA was considered to be the most advanced and well supplied military force in the Warsaw Pact (WARPAC). They were on the "front line" of what could be a war with NATO should the Cold War "heat up." Thus the maintained a constant state of combat readiness should war break out.

Motorisierte Schützen

Mot.-Schützen were the core of the NVA Ground Forces.

The mission of the Mot.-Schützen was to take the fight to the enemy. While the tanks were the tip of the WARPAC spear, the motor rifles were the serrated edge.

As a member of the NVA Motor Rifles at Operation East Wind you will have access to a wide range of equipment such as armored vehicles, weapons and communications systems in order for you to accomplish your missions. You will be billeted and messed in conjunction with Soviet forces as a symbol of "Fraternal Unity" that the Soviets and Germans were so fond of during the period. However, you will retain your own command structure and carry on your own operations independent of Soviet over watch and control. You are after all the best that Germany has to offer in the defense of the Fatherland!

Personal Equipment

Each individual attending as a East German Army soldier is required to have all of the equipment listed on this page before they will be allowed entry to the field. Click on the name of each item for more details, and photos. There will be an inspection when you sign in. If you have questions, or are having trouble sourcing some items, please contact us.

While some of the equipment on the list may not seem to have immediate value, it is not just for the sake of realism or re-enacting. All the equipment is designed to work as a system, with other people's gear, and with the heavy equipment we provide. For example, it seems like any cup, bowl or plate would work for eating off. But using the correct mess kit means the serving line runs faster, and your kit fits into the cleaning equipment we provide.

Before being sure you have all of this stuff, be sure to read the list of items that you cannot bring.

Required Items:

Recommended Items:

Warsaw Pact Standing Orders:

  1. Facial hair is restricted to a well groomed mustache. Otherwise, all troops will appear clean shaven with no beard growth. Hair length will be restricted to being a military-style haircut or at least neat in appearance with no hair touching your collar. No pony-tails or shaggy hair will be allowed.
  2. Collar liners are mandatory for all collared uniforms - if it has a collar, it needs a collar liner.
  3. Helmets will be worn when on duty or forward deployed. The only time helmets are not required is when you are in the HQ camp and not on duty.
  4. Head covering is required at all times when outside - helmet, caps or ushankas.
  5. Soldiers will have their weapon and at least two loaded magazines on them at all times. This applies to downtime at the HQ camp as well. All parts of the field are in play - you need to be prepared to respond to an attack at anytime.

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