East German Motor Rifles
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 they maintained a constant state of combat readiness should war break out.
Mot.-Schützen or Motor-Rifles 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!
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 at the event. 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.
Before being sure you have all of this stuff, be sure to read the list of items that you cannot bring.
- Strichtarn Summer Uniform (Rain Pattern), 2 sets with rank.
- Second Generation Web Gear, 1 full set
- Steel Helmet, with helmet cover & helmet net
- Assault Pack, 1 required
- Assault Pack Straps, 3 required
- Sealed and Rated Goggles, or approved mesh goggles.
- Approved Kalashnikov Rifle
- Low or Mid-cap Mags
- AEG Batteries if Applicable
- Winter Hat
- Overseas Cap
- Black Combat Boots
- East German Canteens, 3 required
- Socks, at least 4 pairs
- Warm Clothing Layer, may be Winter Strichtarn uniform or long underwear
- Warm Gloves
- Scarf or Neck Gaiter
- Military Sleeping Bag
- Wool Blanket
- Sleeping Pad
- Red Dead Rags, minimum of two
- WARPAC Compass
- Flashlight, an NVA boxlight is preferred
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Personal Care Kit
- Equipment Care Kit
- Notebook and a Pencil
- NVA Duffel Bag
- Food Sufficient to Feed Yourself 2 Meals Each Day
- Military Style Cot
- Spare Pair of Boots
- Second Zeltbahn
- East German ID/Document Pouch
- Fuel Tablets
- Russian or East German Cup
- Foot Locker
- Water Purification Tablets
- East German Mess Kit and a Spoon
Attending in a specifically Headquarters or Support Role?
HQ and support personnel must be pre-approved by the WARPAC admin and due to their differing roles, have a separate gear requirement list which may be found here: WARPAC HQ and Support Troops