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21.Infanterie-Division/86th Rifle Division
The group's impression is based upon the 21.Infanterie division which fought on the eastern from 1941. Our impression is based on the late war timeline of 1944 - 1945 which saw the 21st battle from the gates of Leningrad down through the baltic states of Estonia,Latvia & Lithuania to the final battle ground of East prussia.
Our infantry impression covers standard infantry roles such as standard riflemen, MG, Mortar, Panzershreck & Pak 36 teams. Drivers, Sani(First aiders), Motorcycle riders and flak gun crew. We also have a section of infantry who operate the groups Gulaschkanone (Field kitchen). Our Neberwerfer is manned by our Pionier section. Finally our Officers and frontline radio section provides the group with a forward HQ for display.
Alongside our infantry impression we also have a "Pionier" unit which members can join.
Although our sub group, our Pioniere pack a punch with their variety of weapons and the famous Nebelwerfer 41 rocket launcher.
New members have the opportunity to become a member of our "Pionier unit" or our primary "Infantry" unit.
Our society also contains a Soviet Red Army sub-group the " 86th Rifle Division"
Members can join this section alongside their normal membership.
Our soviet impression is that of a standard red Army infantryman which fought in the baltic region 1941-45.
The 86th Rifle Division (2nd Formation) was established at Lavrovo February 1941 from the Leningrad's 4th People's Militia Division as part of the 7th Army. The Division fought near Leningrad in extremely difficult weather conditions at the Nevsky Pyatachok at which time it was renamed as the 86th Rifle Division. When formed it included 1st, 3rd and 4th Separate Special Rifle Brigades, 50th, 111th and 112th Separate Rifle Battalions and Special Sailor's Battalion.
From January 1942 the division fought in the 8th Army sector of the Leningrad Front. The division later served in the liberation of Yuriev-Derpt (Tartu) on 25 August 1944 as part of the 67th Army (3rd Baltic Front), and in East Prussia. With 2nd Shock Army of the 2nd Belorussian Front May 1945.
Note-The 21st Infantry Division Eastern Front Living History Group portrays members of the Wehrmacht & Soviet Red Army from WW2, and does so in the interest of historical reality and inclusion, rather than for any political motivation or cause. We are Historians first and foremost, and focused only on providing as realistic an approach to studying the conflict as possible. The 21st Infantry Division Eastern Front Living History Group respectfully requests any neo-Nazi/extremist groups to please look elsewhere for an audience, as we are NOT interested.
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