We are located in California and reenact under the RPS and other west coast organizations. We portray an average German leg infantry unit during all periods of WWII, and strive to raise the bar with impressions and historical accuracy within the hobby.
Our goal is to make reenactors not have just a great weekend, but an excellent experience, by providing a good appearance in the field and a overall great first person impression. We as a unit are constantly growing and adding new dimensions to the hobby by bringing new ideas to strengthen our appearance, both on and off the battlefield. It is the goal of all reenactors and living historians to create a “back in time” feeling to experience the era they portray first hand.
Though we would like to be able to invite everybody into the 352, there are some conditions that must be met for full membership.
You must be at least 18 years of age
You must be a US citizen.
You must not have a felony criminal record, and must be legally capable of owning a firearm.
That’s what we need from you, now here is what we ask of you-
As the hobby of reenacting is a physical activity, that requires some exercise with poor sleep and light meals your physical condition is a factor; Ask yourself the following questions:
Can you lift 50 Lbs?
Can you walk 3-5 miles in the sun?
Can you carry a 35 lb pack?
Can you function on four hours of sleep?
Do you have any physical conditions or health issues that may cause you difficulty in a wilderness environment?
Are you more than 25 lbs overweight?
Are you on medication for any mental illness?
Though these issues may cause you difficulty in a reenacting environment, they may not preclude you from participating. If you answered yes to any of the above, please discuss this with a unit NCO.
The hobby of reenacting is a fun and educational environment, but it is not for everybody. The 352 is run like a military unit. This not only helps to maintain the illusion of the life of a war era soldier, but helps members to stay safe and learn proper behavior within the hobby so nobody gets hurt. We ask you to work as a team, take orders, have good manners, exercise good sportsmanship, be helpful, contribute financially, put in hard work, be responsible of equipment and vehicles, respect officers, and behave in a safe and conscientious manner. Loose cannons and glory hounds have no place in the 352. We want you to have personal pride and pride in your unit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many battles are there annually?
There is an event almost every month, and most are in Central California. Battles take place all throughout the year and you can find yourself in the summer heat or cold winter snow. Most battles are two days and take place in period type settings. Sometimes we camp in the field or stay in barracks, so be prepared to camp out period if need be.
What’s the cost?
It’s easy to join our unit. $35 club (RPS) and a $25 unit membership fee is due annually, and there is also a nominal ($25-$35) fee per battle to be paid to the hosts of the event. Please consult a unit officer before sending a check to the RPS or paying a battle fee. A three battle probationary period is required before a participant can become a full unit member.
Your gear will cost about $1500 including the cost of your rifle. You have a period of one year from joining to have a basic kit.
What do I get for my money?
By joining you will receive a club and unit newsletter. Joining the RPS is mandatory after your first event. Dues don’t become payable until later, this allows you to try the hobby without making a financial commitment. You will have to pay the normal battle fee.
Where does my money go?
There is quite a bit involved with this hobby. most of your money goes towards renting barracks, maintaining vehicles, and your insurance at battles. Other costs include paying for battle sites, company level equipment, loaner gear maintenance and special usage fees.
I am a member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces…
You will have a great head start regarding drill and ceremonies, customs and courtesies, and proper wear of a uniform. Military veterans should have no problem picking up the German way of doing things.
After six months of service with the 352, members with prior or current active/reserve service in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the War Merit Cross 2nd Class, with swords. Members that have been officially awarded the Purple Heart are eligible for the Wound Badge in silver, after 6 months of service with the unit. Rank is conferred based on attendance and performance, and is not influenced by current or prior service.
I need Gear…
Unit members can borrow loaner gear for the first battle. When its time to purchase gear we will however make sure you get the right gear and uniforms from dealers that can be trusted. PLEASE always consult a unit leader before you buy anything. What some reenactors might think is ok, might be wrong according to the authenticity officer, plus we may know where to get a better price.
Gear can be purchased used or new and we always have leads on all types of new and used gear.
When is the next battle?
Just check the events link for the latest battle info.
Who do I contact?
You can e-mail our recruiting officer.