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K.u.K. Infanterie Regiment Nr. 61

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Uniforms and Equipment

As part of the Great War Historical Society, our empahsis is on the late-war period, with the following items required for a basic impression:

Equipment Guide with Approved Vendors (.pdf)

Uniforms: Model 1916 "Einheitsbluse" (field jacket) with stand and fall collar and kniehosen (breeches) in feldgrau. Model 1916 kappe with "K" cypher. Austrian or German pattern lace-up low boots with hobnailed leather soles, worn with feldgrau puttees. Natural/brown leather belt with Model 1888 or 1917 buckle or plain, single-tongue roller buckle. Collarless white linen shirt. The M1916 uniform package from Shipperfabrik is highly recommended.

Weapons: Steyr-Mannlicher M95 straight-pull rifle, carbine or stutzen. Carbines/stutzens must have the short carbine style rear sight (no cut down rifles). As a matter of practicality, rifles converted to 8x56R are acceptable. M95 bayonet with frog and scabbard (ersatz twist blade bayonets are acceptable).

Field Gear: Austrian M17 or Berndorfer pattern steel helmet. German pattern M16 (original or reproduction) may be substituted, but must be fitted with an Austrian-style cloth chin strap and worn with an Austrian-style cover or painted in Austrian colors. Ammo pouches: two double-cell M95 pouches. Austrian-style bread bag. Austrian style E-tool with carrier. Gas mask with carrier (cloth pouch or metal can style). Use a reproduction gas mask! In addition to being rare and fragile, original gas masks are likely to still be full of some very nasty chemicals. Austrian-style canteen.

Where do I find this stuff?

Through the wonder of the Internet, a wide variety of orignal and reproduction items are available. Please see our vendors guide and links page for recommended vendors. On-line auction sites such as Ebay and Gunbroker.com offer the opportunity to find items that might otherwise be impossible to locate, but are also rife with over-priced and misrepresented crap. It's definitely caveat emptor, so do your research ahead of time, be patient, ask for advice from experienced collectors, and be sure to buy the item, not the story attached to it!.

   
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Repetiergewehr Model 95, 8mm (M95 long rifle)
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Repetierkarabiner Model 95, 8mm (M95 carbine)
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Austrian M17 helmet with cover (note cloth chinstrap)
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Feldkappe M16 with Schneebrille (field cap with snow goggles)
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German Fernglas '08 field glasses
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Model 1888 belt buckle
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Legitimationkapsule (holds idenity card)
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Holzpfeife (wooden pipe)
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M95 bayonet and frog
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M17 trench knife
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M95 NCO bayonet with portepee
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Feldspatte (entrenching tool)
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Medals and ribbons:
   a. Balkan Mobilization Cross
   b. Kreigsmedaille general campaign medal
   c. Crown Jubilee Cross of 1908
   d. Verwundetenmedaille (wound medal)
   e. Long Service Medal
   f. Karl Truppen-Kreuz
   g. Cockade for cap with "FJI" cypher
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Rast-Gasser Model 1898 Revolver, 8mm
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Enameled canteen with cover, carrying strap and cup
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Austro-Hungarian bank notes, 1, 10 and 20 kronen

 


 

 

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