Once upon a time in Belgium.
When we decided to establish our group, we wanted to portray the fighting man who found himself in the heat of the action and stood by the values of the German soldier in its purest form
.The German soldier within a unit with an honourable service record, free of the typical stereotypes. admired by friend and foe.
While searching the internet we stumbled upon the 11. panzer division. An elite division within the ranks of the wehrmacht, feared and respected by its opponents.
Their chivalrous attitude towards allied soldiers and POWs even brought them words of praise by US general George S. Patton.
Nicknamed die Gespensterdivision, this division can look back to a rich history, deployments on various theatres during the war and a solid reputation.
Their famous sword wielding specter on a halftrack as a symbol made it quite obvious to us that this was the unit that we wanted to portray.
The living history group "Die Gespensterbrigade" was born.
United by our core values: ambition, immersion without compromises and a great devotion to authenticity, we created a brotherhood of like-minded people who uphold the same values.
Portraying by the book
We have dedicated a lot of research to our portrayal. Our impression needs to be flawless and executed into the finest details.
This demands a lot of time and research, and is, in fact, a neverending story.
To achieve the best result possible we compared a lot of materials from different suppliers to provide all our members with the best gear available.
For our impression, we mainly use reproductions, but some equipment made today does not meet up to our standards. In those cases we opt for original gear that we refurbish during our "project weekends".
We also dedicated a lot of time observing original footage and handbooks such as the famous Reibert guide to set out correct guidelines for our members.
R. Werner Schubert
P. Maria Richter
R. Werner Schubert