2nd SS Division (late war uniform)

There is already a huge choice of SS skins on the net, so WHY putting that one together? I first heard about DAS REICH Pz Div 20 y...

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There is already a huge choice of SS skins on the net, so WHY putting that one together? I first heard about DAS REICH Pz Div 20 years ago, back when I was 15, and a die-hard military modeler, thanks to both Tamiya corp (1/35 models) and the internationally celebrated modeler Fracois Verlinden.

When I discovered that it was possible to make custom skins for BF1942, I figured out that it would be a good thing to post a SS unit that could be ACCURATELY used on most of the European fronts availables in Battlefield 1942:

- KHARKOV - KURSK - OMAHA - BOCAGE - OMAHA - BATTLE OF THE BULGE

Could also be used with MARKET GARDEN, but definitely NOT in BERLIN

Das Reich division fought in Poland, France, Russia, France (1944) and ended it's operations in Eastern Europe:

"SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich was formed Oct 1939 from the Deutschland, Germania and Der Führer regiments.

It took part in the campaign in the west 1940 and after spending some time guarding the border with Vichy France it was transferred to the Netherlands. It took part in the campaign in the Balkans where a small detachment led by SS-Hauptsturmführer Klingenberg managed to get the mayor of Belgrade to surrender the city without a fight.

Das Reich took part in the invasion of the USSR and fought on the frontlines until Aug when it was withdrawn from refitting. It was sent back to the front Sep and a few months later it took part in the failed offensive against Moscow. It was transferred to France Mars 1942, with the exeption of a small kampfgruppe, where it was upgraded to a panzergrenadier division. It was sent back to the Eastern front Jan 1943 where it took part in the capture and recapture of Kharkov as well as fighting at Kursk (...) It took part in the heavy fighting in Normandy before retreating into Germany. It later took part in the fightin in the Ardennes, Hungary and Austria".

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AQUILA'S DAS REICH (2nd SS panzerDivision) LATE WAR UNIFORM V.1.0

COPYRIGHT FREE - please provide the following references when distributing
and / or editing:


I INVITE ALL USERS TO EDIT MY FILE AS THEY WISH UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:


- IMPROVE IT by at least 70% :) 

- MAKE SURE you are ADDING details and accuracy.

- USE IT EXTENSIVELY IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE: If it helps you to practice on it, then go on! :)

- If you are to use it for commercial purpose or in a "CLAN" context, then GIVE ME MY FULL CREDIT.
   
 (I would be glad to help you if you ever need any special German, British and/or Commonwealth skin).


Designed by Aquila, March 2003

caius_julius@hotmail.com

Then, add any personal info

THANKS


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INCLUDED:

A complete set of 10 DDS files to use with MERCILESS TEXTURE SET

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1 -HOW TO INSTALL-


A) You must install MERCILESS TEXTURE SET (available at bf1942files.com)


B) EXTRACT the included files in a temp (or permanent, so you can backup it on a CD-R) 

Ex: C:\DAS REICH BF42 skin\


C) Open your BF1942 folder, then locate the Texture sets:

Ex: (presumably) C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\TextureSets\BF1942\


D) You will see all BF1942 MAPS and options located in their respective Folder 

Ex:   Battle_of_the _Bulge
      Battleaxe
      Berlin
      Coral_Sea         etc...

E) To backup all your DDS files in a newly created sub-folder would be a VERY GOOD
   idea at this particular stage.

F) Extract your DAS REICH DDS in the appropriate folder (Ex: Kursk). You will be asked
   to confirm that you want to overwrite the existing files with your new DDS.

Ex: Do you want to replace the existing Germov_r.dds etc...

G) After MAKING SURE you backed up your original DDS files, overwrite with new one.

H) Start BATTLEFIELD 1942, select either MULTI or SINGLE player, select the map you just
   modified (in this case, KURSK). Enjoy your new troops!

   
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2 -HISTORICAL FACTS-  

There is already a huge choice of SS skins on the net, so WHY putting
that one together? I first heard about DAS REICH Pz Div 20 years ago, back when I was 15, 
and a die-hard military modeler, thanks to both Tamiya corp (1/35 models) and the 
internationally celebrated modeler Fracois Verlinden.

When I discovered that it was possible to make custom skins for BF1942, I figured out that 
it would be a good thing to post a SS unit that could be ACCURATELY used on most of the 
European fronts availables in Battlefield 1942:


- KHARKOV
- KURSK
- OMAHA
- BOCAGE
- OMAHA
- BATTLE OF THE BULGE

Could also be used with MARKET GARDEN, but definitely NOT in BERLIN


Das Reich division fought in Poland, France, Russia, France (1944) and ended it's
operations in Eastern Europe:

"SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich was formed Oct 1939 from the Deutschland, Germania 
and Der Führer regiments.

It took part in the campaign in the west 1940 and after spending some time guarding the 
border with Vichy France it was transferred to the Netherlands. It took part in the 
campaign in the Balkans where a small detachment led by SS-Hauptsturmführer Klingenberg 
managed to get the mayor of Belgrade to surrender the city without a fight.

Das Reich took part in the invasion of the USSR and fought on the frontlines until Aug 
when it was withdrawn from refitting. It was sent back to the front Sep and a few months 
later it took part in the failed offensive against Moscow. It was transferred to France 
Mars 1942, with the exeption of a small kampfgruppe, where it was upgraded to a 
panzergrenadier division. It was sent back to the Eastern front Jan 1943 where it took 
part in the capture and recapture of Kharkov as well as fighting at Kursk (...) It took 
part in the heavy fighting in Normandy before retreating into Germany. 
It later took part in the fightin in the Ardennes, Hungary and Austria".

(collected at: http://www.skalman.nu\third-reich\ss-2.htm)

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3- WHAT ABOUT THE DAS REICH LATE WAR UNIFORM FILE




The DAS REICH file was put together based on historical graphic accounts. In the current 
version the following has been modified:


A) FELDGRAU color 

   The name "FELD GRAU" (i.e: field gray) has been used troughout the war to describe
   the gray/green color of the german uniforms. In fact, the name itself has been around for
   a while in 1939, since it dated back to WWI. Our idea of War itself was dramatically 
   affected between 1914 and 1918: one only needs to see how the bright and coloful uniforms
   of the early war (almost napolenic in style and fashon!) were dropped out soon enough for
   obvious tactical reasons: red coats or powder blue tunics were less than ideal in a 
   modern war context!

   The German army consequently adopted a more neutral color, which is the one we now know
   as feldgrau. 

   But it must be said that there was NEVER a standard tint of Feldrau: wartime uniforms show
   a wide range of predominant "secondary" tints among which the following:

   - Blueish

   - Greenish

   - Brownish

   By the end of the war (from late 1943 to 1945), the feldgrau color was almost history: 
   Tunics were issued in a variety of pattenrs (flat pockets, waist long etc...) and colors 
   of distinct green, olive or grey. The actual version is offering a greyish variation
   (steel gray).


B) OPEN COLLAR


   Another novelty (on the European front) was the open collar tunic: even though it has been
   a standard for the Afrika Korp, the Luftwaffe infantery and some of the troops based in Italy, 
   the fully buttoned fledbluse has been the sole model available to European and Eastern Front 
   soldiers.

   From 1943, the new model slowly became the new standard, along with some of it's specific feature.
   Pockets were oftenly "flat" and had straigt angles. The dark green collar phenomenon had almost
   disapeared and it  is retrospectively considered as an early war feature (prior to 1942).

   EA's automatic features were bypassed by transforming the usual TUNIC collar into a SHIRT
   collar, with satisfying results. A novelty? It finally allow us to view SS collar RANK!

C) TROUSERS, GAITERS, ANKLE BOOTS

   All late war features. You can find more info about it in my 2ND PZ SS WHITE SMOCK file
   on the actual website.

D) HOBNAILS (heels)

   Another NOW standard in my production

E) COLLAR PATCHES

   The open collar finally shows the 2 DIFFERENT collar patches on the SS uniform: 
   RIGHT : SS runes     LEFT: SS SCHARFUHER (staff sergeant)

F) DAS REICH CUFFTITLE

   Another stadard in that "2nd Pz SS" serie

G) FORMER HITLERJUGEND MEMBER SLEEVE PATCH

   Our dude is a former member of the Hitler's Youth, (let us assume that he left the movement
   in 1936) which tells us that he is probably in his early or mid twenties...

H) AUTUMN CAMO HELMET COVER

   Our snipers now look great with a newly added REALISTIC camo cover, full with side clips and
   sewing marks.


I) MEDALS & DECORATIONS (already features in my previous SS file)   


a) Close combat bar - above left breast pocket
b) General assault badge - left breast pocket
c) Iron cross first class - left breast pocket
d) German cross (cloth; field version) - right breast pocket
e) Ribbon bar: Iron cross 1939,  Winter Eastern front, West wall medal - Below close combat bar
f) SS sleeve eagle
h) Corrected shoulder tabs (upside down in other skins!!!) SS Scharfuhrer (Staff sergeant)
j) Feldgrau tinted tunic buttons
k) DAS Reich cufftitle



J) A NEW REALISTIC BACK PACK

   It says it all: skinned from pictures of the real thing!





NOTE: EA's ORIGINAL MODELS do NOT allow us to provide an ACCURATE depiction of the following 
      elements:

        - BOTH sleeve eagle AND cufftitle is supposed to be displayed on the  LEFT arm only. 

        - Any Sniper,flag bearer, specialty badges etc... should be displayed on the LEFT sleeve
          any attempt to use such badges in BF1942 resulted in a ridiculously over-charged model
          since the badges appear on BOTH arms. The idea (a great one) was the dropped...



AQUILA

caius_julius@hotmail.com



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INTERESTING LINKS:


http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/index.htm

A HUGE source of precious and WELL DOCUMENTED informations on Third Reich militaria
NON - POLITICAL


http://www.dasreich.ca/index.html

A canadian website exclusively dedicated to the DAS REICH division



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DISCLAIMER:
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NOTE: I DO NOT endorse nazism and / or fascism under any circumstamces. 
These graphics and historical informations were assembled  to provide alternate & 
historically accurate troop options for all fellow Battlefield 1942 players. 

The interest in WWII German military history, itself, is NOT an equivalent of right
wing political claims or Propaganda, the same way an  interest for Roman legions should 
not be considered to be a potential danger of popagating ideas about feeding lions at 
your local Zoo with christians!



DISCLAIMER 2:
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Even though I try to chosse OUTSTANDING and HISTORY-ORIENTED websites in my link section, I CAN NOT be 
held reponsible for the content of any website refered to in my postings. 
















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