Gebirgsjäger Regiment Nr. 98
Mountain Infantry of the German Army
in WW-II, 1939 to 1945
One regiment of Gebirgsjäger fought against the U.S. and British forces in the final
battles of North Africa in late 1942 to early 1943.
The 756th Gebirgsjäger Regiment was assigned to the 334th Infantry Division.  The
Regiment fought at "Longstop Hill" in a bloody back & forth struggle to dominate the
surrounding terrain entering Tunisia.
The "Geb Zug" reenactors participate in one or two desert battles a year with the
California Historical Group.
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Our "Kamarad" Markus
from the 21st Panzergrenadiers
a veteran Deutsche Afrika Korps (DAK)
reenactor
Most of the German field gear is applicable to the
North Afrika front.  However, several items of
specialized equipment were developed specifically for
use in the desert.  These items include; an olive
colored  canvas belt and "y-straps", and a limited
production "coconut" canteen covered in wood.
In addition, specialized hot weather uniforms were
created using an olive colored cotton material.  
Included was; an open collared tunic, pants or shorts,
high top boots, a sun helmet (pith helmet), goggles for
the sun and dust, and a long visored soft cap.
Later in the "Nord Afrikan" campaigns, more use of
leather gear, especially by replacement troops from
Italy were used which was a mix of hot weather
uniforms and tradition "field gray" wool uniforms.
However, the "Tropical" (hot weather) uniform
became so popular it continued to be issued to troops
stationed in Sicily, Italy, Southern France, and
Yugoslavia/Greece.
Thanks to Patrick Kiser
for the above photograph
Tropical web gear and "Coconut" Canteen
note: recent research has shown that the coconut canteen
WAS NOT widely used in Afrika (due to shipment problems)
but was used in the Mediterranean Theater 1942 to 1945