German manuals for training, tactics, equipment, weapons and even
military cookbooks have been translated to English for military
historians and reenactors. I also have one American manual about
the German Army, and 3 German/English dictionaries combined into
one volume. These manuals include Tank Identification, Basic Infantry
Training, the Unteroffizier Subject training manual, Stick Grenade,
Rifle Grenade, March Compass, Field Fortifications, Drills and Commands,
Zeltbahn, Marching, Shooting Instruction, Battalion Tactics, Panzergrenadiere
Squad Training, Winter Warfare, two U-Boat manuals, Bayonet and
Spade fighting, the 1943 Reibert Service Instruction book, Observation
and Measuring Equipment, Tank Fighting, Recruit and Family Guide,
Signal Flags and Morse Code, the Field Telephone, the field switchboard,
security dogs, six WWII German Army issued Field Cookbooks, the
Tigerfibel, Pionier Fibel, Mountain Troops, Panzerfaust, Military
Bicycle, Prisoner of War, the T34 Russian Tank, MG-262 jet, Rifle
Training, Tactics, The Field Kitchen, and two camouflage manuals.
CLICK HERE to download the high resolution .jpg file of the German barracks pass, as posted on Facebook.
CLICK HERE to download TM 30-506, a German/English Military Dictionary (Right click the link to d/l the .PDF file)
The German Army
Equipment - H. Dv. 476/3 - The large and small Field Kitchens and
the large and small Field Cook Stoves. This manual was originally
published in 1932, and has been updated to 1937. This manual, which
was to be stored in its special place in the field kitchen is for
the field stove itself. The table of contents has the listing, but
this tells how to operate the cooker, all about the cooking bath
fluid, how to clean and care for the stove, and where everything
is to be stored in its compartments. 69 pages, 8.5" H. x 5.5"
Zielfernrohr 39 - Für den Karabiner
98k D134 - Telescopic Sight 39 (four power)
- For the Carbine 98k. This 1940 dated military issued booklet
was the instruction manual for the telescopic sight used on sniper
rifles. This has no information about how to shoot, it is about
the construction, care and use (mounting/dismounting) the scope.
See the table of contents picture below. 19 pages, 8.5" H.
x 5.5" W.
Pioniere - Waffenhefte des Heeres -
Pioneers - Branch of Service Issue of the Army I believe
this undated wartime booklet was likely to be in a recruiter's office
to explain to the new recruits what the pioneers did and to encourage
them to pursue a position in this service. 32 pages, heavily illustrated.
See the sample pages show below, which are typical of the other
pages. 8.5" H. x 5.5" W.
Beispiele für Aufklârungs- und
Sicherungsdienst und Unternehmungen in der Verteidigung -
Examples for Reconnaissance- and Security Service and Operations
in the Defense. This is a 1942 issued/1944 re-issued manual
used to train the German soldiers by giving examples of the proper
way to do things. 23 pages with 6 color map illustrations in the
back. See the sample pages show below, which are typical of the
other pages of text. 8.5" H. x 5.5" W.
Tank Recognition Service. This is a 1943 issued manual used
to train the soldiers to recognize friendly and enemy tanks by their
characteristic features. 116 pages with pictures on the right pages,
and identifying characteristics on the left pages. See the sample
pages below, which are typical for the entire manual. This was originally
written as the explanation manual for the slide presentation shown
to the troops, but was also used for independent training. 116 pages,
8.5" H. x 5.5" W.
What Everyone Must Know About the German
U-Boat - This is written as two friends talking,
and one is explaining the details of a U-Boat to the other. Drive
system (diesel and electric), torpedoes, submerging, surfacing,
firing topedoes by using the periscope, navigation, and steering
the boat are all briefly explained.
A Brief Outline of Tactics - 1940-41
Kurzer Abrisß der Taktik -
A Brief Outline of Tactics. 86
pages of text about how to conduct reconnaissance, defense, offense,
pursuit, withdrawal, and the use of artillery in offense and defense.
I expected this manual to be very dry reading, but it was actually
informative and interesting. See the table of contents and sample
pages below. Includes 4 pages of tactical/map symbols in an Appendix.
Waffen-SS Sniper Instruction- SS Issue - 1942
Die Scharfschützenausbildung der Waffen-SS
- Sniper Instruction of the Waffen-SS. A compilation
of letters and instructions summarizing the use of snipers in various
combat situations and their training, including the table of contents
of a 2 week sniper course. This is not a manual about how to shoot
a rifle. It is concerning tactics and deployment of the snipers
and how they are to achieve their goals, explained by examples of
situations of their use.
Sniper Instruction - WWII Military Issue - 1943
Anleitung für die Ausbildung und den
Einsatz von Scharfschützen - Merkblatt 25/4 -
Manual for the Instruction and Use of the Snipers - Data Sheet 25/4.
A German Army issued booklet about sniper training. This is not
a manual about how to shoot. It describes the purpose, training,
deployment, and use of snipers in combat. With 28 pages it cannot
go into great detail, but does cover a broad range of topics. This
is the only manual I've seen that is military issued for the sniper
Shooting Instruction with the Rifle - 1940
Schießausbildung Mit Gewehr
- Shooting Training with the Rifle. This is the first manual I've
seen which goes into extreme detail about exactly how to shoot the
German 98k Service Rifle. How to pull the trigger, how to sight
the target, how to train to shoot with one eye closed, dimensions
for targets... an ooutstanding manual for leaning to shoot the German
way. See the table of contents pages to see everything in this manual.
Me 262 A-1 Bedienungsvorschrift-Fl
- Me 262 A-1 Operating Manual-Aircraft.
A basic operating manual for the ME-262 German WWII jet. The original
series of manuals for the world's first combat jet was 10 manuals
( that I know of, but maybe more). Each was small like this one,
and covered specific information. This volume is very interesting,
but only 27 pages with 8 fold-out diagrams in the back. See the
table of contents picture below.
für die Schnellen Truppen -
Instruction Manual for the Quick Troops.
This has about 20 pages on how to train the new recruits for anti-tank
and communciations units. It explains how they are selected for
their jobs, how they are cross trained, and what they are to be
taught for the 12 weeks of their training. See the table of contents
and sample pages to understand exactly what this manual is about.