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New article – WWII German Handwriting

intrenches.com updates Posted on Sat, December 16, 2017 12:14AM

Many people have asked me about wartime German handwriting- what styles were used, how to tell the scripts apart, how to learn to write in German script. I posted an article tonight about this. I included some historical background information about handwriting in Germany and show a bunch of examples of the different scripts.



Soldbuch Portrait Photos

intrenches.com updates Posted on Thu, December 08, 2016 11:20PM

Many people have asked me what Soldbuch photos should look like. Before 1943, there were no Soldbuch photos for the Heer, SS or Luftwaffe. Most Soldb├╝cher issued 1939-44 had photos added in 1944. They simply used whatever photos were available. Many soldiers never got photos. I posted a new article with some examples of original Soldbuch photos.



Creating a Roster for a WWII German Reenactment Unit

intrenches.com updates Posted on Thu, December 01, 2016 12:46AM

Many people have asked me how to create a correct period type roster for their reenactment group. I have posted this information online in countless groups but until now I have not sat down to put all of the necessary information in one place. I’ve just got a new article up that contains all the details necessary to complete this project: where to get the binder, a printable PDF for period type binder labels, another PDF for the page that had to be filled out for each soldier, plus scans for reference, the translation of the form, and information about how to fill the form out. Every reenactment unit should have a clerk and every reenactment clerk should consider maintaining this type of record, it is a great thing to have.



At the Gap

Living History Posted on Tue, January 26, 2016 01:22PM

I’m leaving today for the event at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, and won’t be back until Sunday. I can’t ship any orders until next week. Sorry for the inconvenience.



Letter from a customer

Rubber stamp projects Posted on Tue, December 15, 2015 10:11PM

I wanted to share this nice letter from the Zeitgeschichtliches Museum Mannheim thanking me for a set of reproduction stamps I created for an exhibit. I take pride in making reproductions that are truly museum quality.

“Dear Chris,

we received our order of WW2 copy
rubber stamp set today.

Again we are very pleased with your
work as it is excellent.

The stamp will be used in our Museum
exhibit to show what kind of

stamps were used in the Mannheim area
during the time of WW2.

We also appreciate that you
questioned us why and what for we needed

the stamps, so you know what will be
done with them and that you do

not open doors for fakers.

Again, thank you very much for your
great work!”




SS Uniform Maker Stamps

Rubber stamp projects Posted on Mon, December 14, 2015 06:04PM

Here are a couple of rubber ink stamps I made for marking uniform items manufactured in SS facilities. I have designs for many different WWII uniform and equipment stamps, copied from originals. E-mail me at intrenches1945@gmail.com for any custom stamp for marking reproduction items.



The Schreiber Impression in Living History: a guide for beginners

Living History Posted on Sat, August 08, 2015 02:17AM

I’ve been having a busy summer and the new In Trenches web shop is still not ready for its debut. In the meantime, I wanted to post this new article. Every reenactment group needs a clerk to issue identity documents and other paperwork. This article is a guide for people interested in this unique specialty impression, it contains tips for how to get started and ideas for the practical application of this skill in a living history context.



Changes coming soon

intrenches.com updates Posted on Sun, April 19, 2015 09:41PM

In Trenches launched in 2009 as a source for reproduction WWII rubber stamps. At that time I never could have imagined the worldwide demand for these products. I am pleased to announce that I will be expanding the In Trenches product line to include reproduction documents, period office supplies and other replica and original personal and equipment items. In the coming weeks I plan to launch a brand new, vastly improved web site! Please check back soon!



Vacation

intrenches.com updates Posted on Thu, February 26, 2015 11:39AM

I’m leaving to go on a short trip and will be back on March 10. I will have limited e-mail access while I am gone and I will not be able to design, make or ship any stamps until I am back. I’ve been really busy making stamps lately and I am sure I will be busy when I get back!



Schreibstube, Fort Indiantown Gap PA January 2015

Living History Posted on Wed, February 04, 2015 05:18PM

Some photos from a Schreibstube. This was a collaborative effort between people from different groups. Larger versions of these photos here.



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