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German Militaria Reference Books

 

To all (new) collectors,

These books are excellent references and sources when collecting German Militaria related to the Third Reich. It is better to spent a dime on these book sources before spending various numbers on militaria! Collecting can be a minefield however these books can make your life easier. They contain valuable information about artifacts as well as reference material (photographs, documentation etc.) and how you can spot (fantasy) fakes and reproductions. This Forum is an excellent source on its own but each collector should at least have a library (as backup). 

 

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# Awards, Medals & Decorations

 

# Wehrmacht (Incl. General & Service Awards) & Heer Awards

 

The Awards of the Heer - Volume I by Dietrich Maerz & Bernd Hartmann

This first book of a two-volume set of reference books is the most complete work regarding the decorations a soldier of the German Wehrmacht could be awarded. On over 440 pages with over 800 pictures mainly in full color you will find the histories, the regulations, the variations, the makers, the documents and much more information about each award and decoration of the Heer. This much needed book closes a gap between the earlier reference books and the current monographs. It will provide the starting as well as the advanced collector with all the information about each of the discussed orders and badges in a comprehensive depth and completeness. Another standard reference work offered to you in the usual excellent quality in make and content by B & D Publishing. The Awards of the Heer is a unique book! The two-volume work is the first effort dedicated exclusively to cataloging the orders and decorations which could be earned by a soldier in the German Army during World War II. The first volume covers such general military awards as the Order of the Iron Cross, the War Merit Cross, and the Ostmedaille, as well as the Close Combat Clasp, the Panzer Assault Badge, and the Army Flak Badge and much more. In addition to the decorations themselves, award procedures, documents and cases are also presented in a comprehensive manner. Photographs of the awards in wear round each presentation. Whether you are a novice or experienced collector, your interests are general or specific, or if you have an interest in the German Army during the Second World War, this book deserves a place on your library shelf. Over 440 pages with over 750 pictures in full color.

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The Awards of the Heer - Volume II by Dietrich Maerz & Bernd Hartmann

This is the long awaited Volume II of the most complete and comprehensive overview of the decorations a German soldier of the Heer could be awarded. Volume II not only covers such well-known decorations as the Spain Cross, the Campaign Shields, and the Cuff Titles. For the first time in the English language the Flower War Medals, the Motor Vehicle Driver Badge, and the Bravery Medal for Eastern People are covered in detail. Each chapter is divided into history, regulations, design, the decoration itself, award documents, cases, miniatures, fakes and 1957 version if applicable. The final chapter covers the manufacturers and for the first time all the producing companies, including the LDO members and all of the known 142 companies with a Präsidialkanzlei-Number, are presented with address and products manufactured for the Heer. This volume is indispensable for every serious collector of the awards of the Heer. Hardbound, in color, 496 pages.

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The German Cross in Gold and Silver by Dietrich Maerz

The first comprehensive book about the second highest military order of the Third Reich. All official manufacturers including their sometimes numerous variations are discussed and presented in depth and with high quality pictures. Chapters include manufacturing details, regulations, metal and cloth versions, miniatures, documents and various stunning groups, and much more! Over 440 pages and more than 1000 pictures!

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The Infantry Assault Badges by Sascha Weber (MEMBER)

This book is the first work specifically devoted to an in depth study of the Infantry Assault Badge, one of the best recognized awards of the German military during World War Two. Over 1000 color photographs trace the history of the "Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen" and present multiple views of examples of the badges by all known (and some unknown) manufacturers. Clear color pictures and specification tables of unprecedented detail provide the collector with a wealth of knowledge that has been heretofore unavailable. Award documents and issue packets are also covered in this comprehensive work. This book is a first rate addition to anyone's military library. Over 250 pages and more than 1000 pictures.

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The Iron Cross 1. Class by Dietrich Maerz

This is the most comprehensive and detailed book yet written about the German Iron Cross First Class (EK 1) decoration of 1939. On hundreds of pages you will find information about the history of the award, its manufacturing process, award procedures, and, most importantly, precise data, photographs, and scans which will enable the collector or student of this famous and prestigious emblem of honor to positively identify genuine pre-1945 produced examples. The wartime products of over twenty manufacturers of crosses and Wiederholungsspangen are described in meticulous and thorough detail.

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The Krim Shield by Sascha Weber (MEMBER)

On 140 pages and with the help of more than 800 color pictures the known author Sascha Weber describes the Krim Shield and all its manufacturers, including the extremely rare Maedicke. Miniatures, documents and entries in the Wehrpass and Soldbuch, as well as the 1957 version and the discussion of the most dangerous fakes make this comprehensive book an invaluable addition to every collector's library! 140 pages and more than 400 color pictures.

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The Memel Medal by Antonio Scapini (MEMBER)

On over 150 pages the author Antonio Scapini presents not only all known original variations of this fairly rare medal, but also shows all the known fakes. The history of the medal als well as the packages and the documents are also part of this important book. 159 pages with over 500 pictures and photographs, most in color.

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War Merit Cross by Gordon Williamson (MEMBER) and Josef Charita

The War Merit Cross awards have always been seen as somewhat of a poor relation to the Iron Cross. While the lower grades of the War Merit Cross series were indeed issued in huge numbers, the range of recipients and reasons for which the award was bestowed make a fascinating subject for study. The First Class without Swords, being issued some 91,239 times, is in fact a scarcer award than the Iron Cross First Class, and the Knight's Cross, bestowed less than 300 times is far rarer than its Iron Cross equivalent. This book provides a full-color and in-depth coverage of the awards themselves, with detailed studies of original examples and variants from a wide range of manufacturers. The reader is also given a full listing - in most cases with accompanying biographical details - of all known recipients of the Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross. This is the most accurate listing published to date, and is the result of many years of research.

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# Luftwaffe Awards

 

The Flak Badges of the Luftwaffe and Heer by Marc E. Garlasco

This comprehensive reference is the result of years of study by one of the leading experts of the Flak Badges of the Wehrmacht. Marc Garlasco has meticulously examined dozens of variations by all known makers of these war badges of the Second World War and clearly presents them to us. His work is essential reading for anyone interested in collecting the anti-aircraft badges of the Luftwaffe and Heer. The novice and the expert collector alike will benefit from this ground-breaking treatment. For the first time anywhere the Flak Badges of the German Army are dissected. Garlasco demystifies these awards and presents all with the tools to preserve history. In addition to badges, he incorporates the history, award documents, and cases, turning simple pieces of metal into a tangible connection to historical events. This book is a "must have" for every serious collector of war badges and will stand the test of time for years to come. Over 460 pages and over 850 pictures in full color.

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The German Luftwaffe & Heer Paratrooper Badges of World War II - 1936-1945 by Thomas M. Durante (MEMBER)

This is the most comprehensive and detailed book yet written about the German Luftwaffe and Heer Paratrooper Badges of WW2. EVERY variant of the Paratrooper Badge is shown, even if the difference was as small as a slightly different catch or hinge or even rivet style. This completeness surely led to the enormous size of the book for such a narrow topic, 624 pages in total. The pictures are as big as possible so that collectors can identify and learn to recognize even the smallest details on each badge's obverse. The book has a slightly larger book format than Durantes previous CCC book (size is 8" x 10"). This larger size allowed for bigger pictures as well as more room for descriptive text. The contents: - 4 page spread on each and every Luftwaffe and Heer Paratrooper Badge variant from each and every maker - Precise measurements and data for each badge - Indepth study of Award Regulations & Badge Construction - Award Cases (20 unique types shown) - Cloth badges (both Luftaffe & Heer) - Award Documents (both Luftwaffe & Heer) - 1957 Badges (both Luftwaffe & Heer) - Miniatures - Most dangerous Reproductions encountered This book will be the benchmark for Paratrooper Badges. Very well written and understandable text as well as excellent quality photos will make it unsurpassable for years to come.

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The Luftwaffe Ground Combat Badge by Sascha Weber (MEMBER)

Often overlooked in favor of the more "glamorous" battle awards of the Luftwaffe, the Ground Combat Badge nonetheless deserves a respected place both in the field of military awards generally and in collections of militaria specifically. This book represents the first ever in-depth look at all aspects of this award. Included here are all of the different types of badges from all of the known (and unknown) wartime manufacturers, as well as detailed examinations of the various award cases and packets, award documents, miniatures, Soldbuch and Wehrpass entries, 1957 versions, reproductions, and more! Everything you need to know about the Luftwaffe Ground Combat Badge is in this one concise volume. Over 130 pages and with over 500 color pictures.

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# Kriegsmarine Awards

 

The Kriegsmarine Awards (Volume I-II) by Sascha Weber (MEMBER) & Gerhard R. Skora 

This two-volume set of reference books is the most complete work regarding the awards of the Kriegsmarine in English language. On over 1000 pages with over 3000 pictures in full color you will find the histories and detailed descriptions of not only all of the war badges of the Kriegsmarine (and their makers and variations), but also the Diamonds versions of the badges, the Navy Honor Roll Clasp, the Narvik Shield in Gold, cloth badge versions, and much, much more! Rare photographs and documents complement the information contained in these remarkable books. Another standard reference work offered to you in excellent quality by B&D Publishing.

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The Kriegsmarine Awards (Volume III) by Norm Franke (MEMBER) & John Robinson

This is Volume III to The Kriegsmarine Awards (BD-004R), 216 pages, covering more than 40 new badges and additional information. The size is the same as the original volumes (9.5" x 6.75"), the binding is paperback-style. A very valuable addition for the serious collector. Written by the well known collectors Norm Franke and John Robinson.

Find on: Amazon US or Amazon US (All 3 Volumes combined)- Amazon UK (Separate) or Amazon UK (All 3 Volumes combined) - Amazon DE (All 3 Volumes combined)

 

# Military I.D., Award Certificates & Photography 

 

A Collector's Guide to World War II German Wehrpasses and Soldbuchs by Emilie Caldwell Stewart

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German military award documents 1939-1945 by Emilie Caldwell Stewart

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Guide to Third Reich German Documents... And Their Values - Volume 1 by Adrian Foreman

After several years of intense research by Adrian Forman, Volume 1 of his "document price guide" is now available to compliment his popular 2nd Edition of "Forman's Guide to Third Reich German Awards...and Their Values." This heavily illustrated book not only shows certificates/documents for every award illustrated in the 2nd Edition, but also numerous variations and their current values. The many variants will show comparisons of official stamps and printing styles, and original or facsimile signatures in relation to date, plus, the many types of design and size. An absolute "must have" if your interest is Third Reich decorations!

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Guide to Third Reich German Documents... And Their Values - Volume 2 by Adrian Foreman

This second volume of the series continues the coverage of the 3rd Reich military documents and all political and civil documents from the Orders of the German Eagle through the Female Railway Staff Service Badge. As before, this work illustrates all the documents with numerous variations and their current values, and is designed to compliment the author's "Forman's Guide to Third Reich Awards...and Their Values" (2nd Ed.). A "must" showing comparisons of official stamps and signatures!

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Papers Please!: Identity Documents, Permits and Authorizations of the Third Reich by Ray Cowdery

In a clear encyclopedic style this 144 page hardcover book describes and shows a range of over 80 fascinating German World War II identity documents in full color and gives a page-by-page analysis of the contents of each one. Nazi membership books, passports, paybooks, civilian IDs, etc.

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Personal Groupings, Award Documents, and Ephemera of Rommel's Afrikakorps: Army - Luftwaffe - Kriegsmarine by Robert Kurtz

For German military document collectors this volume has a treasure trove of rare Afrikakorps related award documents, propaganda leaflets, Soldbuchs, Wehrpass and Remembrance/Death cards. Among the many rare documents you will see both Allied and German/Italian propaganda leaflets, Afrikakorps field newspapers, and two field-made newsletters associated with the Sonderverband 288 unit. We have also assembled several complete Afrikakorps veteran groupings and every known document variant of the AFRIKA cuffband and Italian-German Medal.

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The Wehrpass and Soldbuch of the Wehrmacht by Antonio Scapini (MEMBER) & Alberto Gorzanelli

On over 320 pages with more than 1000 scans and photographs the Wehrpaß and the Soldbücher for the Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, and Waffen-SS are covered in detail. Each page is translated into English and common entries and abbreviations are explained. An invaluable tool for every collector of these interesting documents.

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Wehrpass by Emilie Caldwell Stewart

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World War II German Military Pay & Service Books: Collecting German Militaria by Ulric of England (Nigel Allison)

One of the most personal aspects of Third Reich militaria relates to the collecting of pay and service books. Pay and service books detailed the entire military career for a given recruit. Today they provide a direct link with historic military personalities. This publication is intended to guide potential and seasoned collectors. It included pages from numerous 'Soldbuch' and 'Wehrpass' along with English translations for each page.

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# Signatures & Ritterkreuzträger Paper work

 

Luftwaffe Efficiency and Promotion Reports for the Knight's Cross Winners (Volume 1) by French L. MacLean

In World War I German and British bombers sometimes faced a few dozen light machine-guns defending the target. In World War II Luftwaffe Stuka dive-bombers braved the combined fire of over 1,000 anti-aircraft guns to sink several capital ships at Kronstadt in the Gulf of Finland. In World War I hundreds of thousands of German troops fought months to gain ground measured in yards. During World War II, eighty-five Fallschirmjäger captured one of the world's strongest fortifications at Fort Eben Emael, Belgium - manned by 1,200 defenders - in only eighteen hours in May 1940. As a result of these and many other deeds of valor, some 1,785 Luftwaffe officers and enlisted men won the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross - World War II Germany's highest decoration for bravery. This is their story through the eyes of the commanders of 113 of these men, as recorded in their official efficiency reports contained here. Volume 1 contains detailed biographies and official efficiency and promotion reports for fifty-three Knight's Cross winners, as well as biographies for sixty-seven rating commanders. Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″, over 150 b/w photos.

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Luftwaffe Efficiency and Promotion Reports for the Knight's Cross Winners (Volume 2) by French L. MacLean

In World War I German and British bombers sometimes faced a few dozen light machine-guns defending the target. In World War II Luftwaffe Stuka dive-bombers braved the combined fire of over 1,000 anti-aircraft guns to sink several capital ships at Kronstadt in the Gulf of Finland. In World War I hundreds of thousands of German troops fought months to gain ground measured in yards. During World War II, eighty-five Fallschirmjager captured one of the world's strongest fortifications at Fort Eben Emael, Belgium - manned by 1,200 defenders - in only eighteen hours in May 1940. As a result of these and many other deeds of valor, some 1,785 Luftwaffe officers and enlisted men won the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross - World War II Germany's highest decoration for bravery. This is their story through the eyes of the commanders of 113 of these men, as recorded in their official efficiency reports contained here. Volume 2 contains detailed biographies and official efficiency and promotion reports for sixty Knight's Cross winners, as well as biographies for seventy-nine rating commanders.

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# Uniforms, Headgear and Equipment

 

Aiguillettes of the Third Reich by Wilhelm Saris

Aiguillettes were the most indispensable part on a uniform when on parade, for adjutants or for special duty services. The extensive text explains the many secondary colors in early use, plus an in-depth uniform study of almost every state and Party organization. Included are the evolution of patterns as well as hundreds of detailed color photos of aiguillettes and their parts, plus numerous portraits of the subject in wear. The complexity of this subject is chronicled with detailed information from regulations giving introduction dates and historical development of numerous organizational uniforms. Remember...one cannot properly display their prize uniform without the appropriate aiguillette and the knowledge of how to correctly drape it. This 640 page reference will be the uniform collector's best friend!

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Camouflage Uniforms of the German Wehrmacht Manufacturers - Zeltbahnen - Headgear - Fallschirmjager Smocks - Army Smocks - Padded Uniforms - Leibermuster - Tents - Non-Regulation Clothes - Post War by Werner Palinckx

An indispensable guide for historians, collectors and military modelers, this book finally resolves the confusion surrounding many of the many World War II Wehrmacht (both Army and Luftwaffe) patterns and garments and establishes a complete and concise system of identification and terminology. A comparative section with post-war fabrications is added as a tool for authentication. More than ten different camouflage patterns are covered, including the super rare carbon overprint and Leibermuster. Authentic zeltbahns, helmet covers, caps, smocks, winter clothing, anti-gas outfits, body aprons, tents and more are shown in over 580 full color, and contemporary black and white photographs (most published here for the first time).

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German Visor Caps of the Second World War by Guilhem Touratier & Laurent Charbonneau

This full color illustrated book covers the highly collectible World War II era German visor cap. Officer and enlisted caps of the Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine and Waffen-SS are shown in over 360 high-quality photographs, and described in detailed text. Rare and common caps are presented in both full view and up close detail showing insignia, piping, and manufacturer's tags/markings. Caps in wear are also shown in war era portraits of officers and enlisted men from the various Wehrmacht service arms.

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German Headgear in World War II: Army/Luftwaffe/Kriegsmarine: A Photographic Study of German Hats and Helmets (Vol 1) by Pat Moran & Jon Maguire

This two volume set by Pat Moran and Jon Maguire illustrates, in full color, over 240 visor hats and helmets of the German: Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, SS, NSDAP, Police, Civilian, and miscellaneous formations. Each peaked hat is shown from four angles, including interior, and insignia detail. These volumes are a must for collectors of German headgear and militaria, as well as modelers and students of military uniforms.

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German Headgear in World War II: SS/NSDAP/Police/Civilian/Misc.: A Photographic Study of German Hats and Helmets (Vol 2) by Pat Moran & Jon Maguire

This two volume set by Pat Moran and Jon Maguire illustrates, in full color, over 240 visor hats and helmets of the German: Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, SS, NSDAP, Police, Civilian, and miscellaneous formations. Each peaked hat is shown from four angles, including interior, and insignia detail. These volumes are a must for collectors of German headgear and militaria, as well as modelers and students of military uniforms.

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The Collector's Guide to Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear by Gary Wilkins

This book is jam-packed with practical knowledge on German cloth military headgear. Useful information to help novice collectors learn how to avoid costly mistakes - cap construction basics and materials, descriptions of each cap model and comparisons with altered originals, modified post-war caps, and reproductions - all neatly divided into individual sections for easy reference. Also included is a series of convenient quick check lists that identify common modification danger points for each cap type. For the advanced collector, the book offers historical background about the German cap making industry with the first-ever listing of German cap makers, maker mark illustrations, and many individual histories, including never published information on the post-war history and sad fate of perhaps the most famous of  all German cap makers, Robert Lubstein (EREL). Over 220 color and black and white contemporary and period photographs bring The Collector's Guide to Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear to life.

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# Afrikakorps

 

Afrikakorps: Army Luftwaffe Kriegsmarine Waffen-SS: Tropical Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment of the German Soldier in World War II by Robert Kurtz

The ultimate visual guide for collectors of World War II German tropical uniforms! Using actual items from top Afrikakorps collections tunics, headgear, insignia, documents, field gear as well as many World War II era photographs, this book covers it all in beautiful color. From mint issue items, to rare sun-bleached tunics and caps, the wide variety of tropical uniforms used by the Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine and Waffen-SS are illustrated in superb large format photography, including up-close detail.

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Rommel's Army in Africa by Dal McGuirk

Based on a unique private collection of military artefacts, and illustrated with over 250 photographs, this fascinating book offers a unique perspective on the German Armed Forces that fought in North Africa under Rommel from 1941-1943. Dal McGuirk began collecting battlefield mementoes from returned servicemen in his home town of Maryborough in Queensland, at the age of fifteen. He now has one of the largest collections of Afrikakorps memorabilia in the world - uniforms, field equipment, weapons, insignia, medals, diaries, paybooks, letters, postcards and a collection of over 3000 unpublished photographs. Drawing on his wealth of material, on private and official sources, and on his correspondence and personal interviews with many surviving members of the Afrikakorps, his book gives an unrivalled picture of the human reality of the desert war.

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# Luftwaffe & Fallschirmjäger

 

Deutsche Luftwaffe: Uniforms and Equipment of the German Air Force 1935-1945 by Santiago Guillén and Gustavo Cano

When World War II began, Germany’s Luftwaffe was the most powerful air force yet seen, achieving victory after victory in tandem with the German Army. But as other great powers rose to combat Hitler, the supremacy of the Me-109, Stuka, and Focke-Wulf soon began to pale before vast fleets of Allied warplanes which German industry could hardly match. Nevertheless, while “flying till they died,” Luftwaffe pilots continued to write a record of heroism and innovation, until at the very end of the war they nearly gained the edge again with their aces flying the world’s first jet fighter, the Me-262. In this large, lavishly illustrated, full-color work we gain an intimacy with the daily life of Luftwaffe pilots as never seen before. From their uniforms to equipment to everyday sundries, drawn from incredible collections of memorabilia, we can share their experiences on airfields or in the very skies of Europe, above the dark cause which unfortunately they served.

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German Paratroops in North Africa: Tropical Uniforms, Headgear, and Insignia of the Fallschirmjager in World War II by John E. Hodgin

This large-format book is an in-depth photographic study of Luftwaffe tropical uniforms, headgear, and insignia worn by the Fallschirmjager during the battles for Africa in World War II. Both full-color and war-era photographs illustrate rare uniforms and equipment including tropical jump smocks, Ramcke Brigade jump helmets, and officer's Meyer caps. This book also provides the first accurate description of the design and development of WWII German jump smocks, each illustrated in large, full-color photographs.

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# Panzer

 

Panzer Feldjacke: German Armored Crew Uniforms of the Second World War: Heer PT 1 (Volume 1) by Scott Pritchett

Few items of Third Reich militaria collecting hold as much fascination as the uniforms of the German armored forces. Germany revolutionized armored warfare and in the process developed some of the most striking uniforms ever worn. This four volume set by Scott Pritchett leverages research from vast amounts of information and sources as well as the superb books written in the last several decades by the most notable collector/historians to cover the topic. The uniforms and insignia of all branches of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS who wore them are detailed in over 5,600 illustrations made available through unprecedented access to the best Panzer collections worldwide. The four volumes cover: Vol.1: Heer Pt.1 Vol.2: Heer Pt.2 Vol.3: SS-VT and Waffen-SS Vol.4: Luftwaffe

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Panzer Feldjacke: German Armored Crew Uniforms of the Second World War: Heer PT 2 (Volume 2) by Scott Pritchett

Few items of Third Reich militaria collecting hold as much fascination as the uniforms of the German armored forces. Germany revolutionized armored warfare and in the process developed some of the most striking uniforms ever worn. This four volume set by Scott Pritchett leverages research from vast amounts of information and sources as well as the superb books written in the last several decades by the most notable collector/historians to cover the topic. The uniforms and insignia of all branches of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS who wore them are detailed in over 5,600 illustrations made available through unprecedented access to the best Panzer collections worldwide. The four volumes cover: Vol.1: Heer Pt.1 Vol.2: Heer Pt.2 Vol.3: SS-VT and Waffen-SS Vol.4: Luftwaffe

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Panzer Feldjacke: German Armored Crew Uniforms of the Second World War: SS-VT and Waffen-SS (Volume 3) by Scott Pritchett

Few items of Third Reich militaria collecting hold as much fascination as the uniforms of the German armored forces. Germany revolutionized armored warfare and in the process developed some of the most striking uniforms ever worn. This four volume set by Scott Pritchett leverages research from vast amounts of information and sources as well as the superb books written in the last several decades by the most notable collector/historians to cover the topic. The uniforms and insignia of all branches of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS who wore them are detailed in over 5,600 illustrations made available through unprecedented access to the best Panzer collections worldwide. The four volumes cover: Vol.1: Heer Pt.1 Vol.2: Heer Pt.2 Vol.3: SS-VT and Waffen-SS Vol.4: Luftwaffe

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Panzer Feldjacke: German Armored Crew Uniforms of the Second World War: Luftwaffe (Volume 4) by Scott Pritchett

Few items of Third Reich militaria collecting hold as much fascination as the uniforms of the German armored forces. Germany revolutionized armored warfare and in the process developed some of the most striking uniforms ever worn. This four volume set by Scott Pritchett leverages research from vast amounts of information and sources as well as the superb books written in the last several decades by the most notable collector/historians to cover the topic. The uniforms and insignia of all branches of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS who wore them are detailed in over 5,600 illustrations made available through unprecedented access to the best Panzer collections worldwide. The four volumes cover: Vol.1: Heer Pt.1 Vol.2: Heer Pt.2 Vol.3: SS-VT and Waffen-SS Vol.4: Luftwaffe

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# Helmets

 

Germany's Combat Helmets - 1933 - 1945: A Modern Study by Ken Niewiarowicz

Throughout the 1970s and on occasion in the 1980s while home on leave from the military, I would patrol the wide and bountiful aisles of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association show, which was one of the greatest gun shows of the old era. It was a superb source for military items as well as weapons, because so many gun collectors at that time were erstwhile militaria buffs. Most were also WWII veterans, and they sometimes brought their own souvenirs to sell. It was common to purchase quality original German helmets there, and the favorite thing to do was get there as early as possible and zoom up and down the aisles hoping to find a jewel for the collection. I recall from that era a few faces of the competition other young collectors who pursued the same prizes; one of them being Ken Niewiarowicz. The reason I tell this story is to provide the reader some indication of how long Ken has been a student of German helmets. Not only the length of time, but the originality of the specimens he was obtaining, are important factors here. Ken learned originality, learned what he liked, and stuck with it, building upon his knowledge over the years. The fruits of his efforts include a world-class website featuring fine original helmets and now, a superbly researched and authoritative work on German helmets arguably the new standard for all authors on the subject. Delving into the chapters, one can see evidence of exhaustive effort in seeking out original helmets from some of the best US and international collections, the finest examples of which are presented here accompanied by a text composed of facts and observations layed out in a direct and cohesive manner. Myself having trod this path, I can attest to the patience which it requires. But Ken has gotten the job done and the quality and value of this effort are evident. In terms of enhancing the modern study of original German WWII helmets, Ken s methodical approach in analyzing finishes, lot numbers, and corresponding decals of so many fine examples constitutes an important building block of updated forensic study that will benefit all collectors into the future. Therefore, it is my view that this book is the most definitive and complete work available on Third Reich helmets, and will quickly become the cornerstone of helmet collecting literature.

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# Edged Weapons: Daggers, Bayonets etc.

 

Collectors' Handbook of WWII German Daggers by Thomas M. Johnson

Guide to Third Reich daggers and accouterments in a convenient 4x 5 format. Easily carried to shows, auctions, estate sales, etc. It contains a concise description and picture of all standard WWII German Daggers and their accompanying accouterments. A separate chapter is included on the subject of reproductions and how to spot them. this invaluable pocket reference also contains valuations of all WWII German daggers in three different conditions.

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German Etched Dress Bayonets (Extra-Seitengewehr) 1933-1945 by Wayne H. Techet
This Reference Book Includes: Photographs of over 200 Obverse and Reverse motifs. Rare SS and Panzer patterns pictured for the first time. Extensive chapter on Reproductions and Red Flags Value guide for Obverse and Reverse motifs. Color Section Close-up photography revealing design details within patterns. Many more details, insights, and observations relating to collecting the etched dress bayonets of the Third Reich.
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Reproduction? Recognition! by Frederick J. Stevens

No synopsis available

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# Munition & Weaponry

 

Deutsche Fertigungskennzeichen bis 1945 (German Secret Armament Codes Until 1945) by Michael Heidler

The book has more than 500 pages, is sorted in two ways (after codes and after company-names), contains ALL code systems (abbreviations, number-codes, letter-codes, LDO-numbers for medals & insignias and the RZM-numbers for NSDAP- & SS-equipment). Covers explosives codes (grenades), manufacturers & subcontractors... just about ANY german code you might be looking for is listed. If you are a researcher or trying to authenticate a gun, this book is invaluable. The cross reference work that the author, Michael Heidler, put into this makes it very easy to use. It's a snap to look up a code by manufacturer, or by the code itself. No searching through pages of text looking for your code. This fine reference contains both German and English text. Size 6" x 8"

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# Art, Jewelry and Tableware

 

The Encyclopedia of Third Reich Tableware by James A. Yannes

The Encyclopedia of 3rd Reich Tableware is an enhanced, expanded and heavily illustrated reference book containing extensive historical exposition related to the broad range of personal (monogramed), organizational (logos) and commemorative tableware of the 3rd Reich from the Period of Struggle in the early 1920's to its demise in 1945. This tableware was used by the people and organizations that were the 3rd Reich. From private service's such as Hitler's, (34 pages), Eva Braun, Speer, Hess, etc. to organizations such as the SS (106 pages), Red Cross, Hitler Youth, German Railway (34 pages), the Wehrmacht (110 pages), Party Hotels and commemoratives such as the U-47 submarine, all are included. This book contains over 880 photos / graphics and over 80,000 words of text. The unique aspect of 3rd Reich tableware is that you can hold in your hand a piece of history that was held in the hand of the original history maker. This is an academic inquiry, a disinterested pursuit of truth, an effort to document this intriguing collectors corner and an obvious must for collectors, historians, educators and WWII buffs. In addition, it uncovers little know facts that illuminate the individuals and organizations included.

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# Allgemeine-SS & Waffen-SS

 

Camouflage Uniforms of the Waffen-SS: A Photographic Reference by Michael D. Beaver

Finally a book that unveils the shroud of mystery surrounding Waffen-SS camouflage clothing. Illustrated here, both in full color and in contemporary black and white photographs, this unparalleled look at Waffen-SS combat troops and their camouflage clothing will benefit both the historian and collector.

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Meine Ehre heißt Treue: Inside the Allgemeine-SS 1925/1945 by Ulric of England

Meine Ehre Heist Treue explores the iconic artifacts, uniforms and insignia which underpinned the concept and philosophy behind Hitler's Third Reich in general, and Himmler's Allgemeine-SS in particular. Formed in 1925 as a personal protection unit for Adolf Hitler, while under the control of Himmler (1929-1945), the Allgemeine-SS grew from a small paramilitary group to one of the most powerful, complex organizations in the Third Reich. Today the Allgemeine-SS is equally enigmatic; as the vehicle by which Himmler proposed to implement his thesis to create a 'Center of the New World'; its structure, and psychology remains little-understood. Authored by leading militaria specialists Ulric of England, Meine Ehre Heist Treue extends deep inside the Allgemeine-SS to reveal an unsurpassed creativity and philosophy. From the iconic, black SS uniform designed by Prof. Karl Diebitsch, graphic designer Walter Heck (and manufacturer Hugo Boss), to the applied arts, for example the 'first born' mother's brooch and Allach porcelain flower vase, this authoritative book, presents the most distinguished Allgemeine-SS collection to date.

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The Collector's Guide to Cloth Headgear of the Allgemeine and Waffen-SS by Michael D. Beaver & Bill Shea

This new book provides an organized, chronological guide to the evolution and development of the myriad types of soft headgear worn by the SS. As the pre- and war-years progressed, geographical areas of operation changed, and the composition of the SS divisions evolved. So also, did the headgear worn by these troops. This reference illustrates a great number of these examples with over 600 photos including more than half in color. The overwhelming majority of these pictures including many rare original candid period snapshots have never been seen before in any previous publication.

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Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, Vol. 1: Black Service Uniform, LAH Guard Uniform, SS Earth-Grey Service Uniform, Model 1936 Field Service Uniform, 1939-1941 by Michael D. Beaver

The only comprehensive photographic book on Waffen-SS uniforms is finally available! This three volume set is unquestionably the best reference on German SS military uniforms ever produced. After many years of research and preparation, Mike Beaver, author of Camouflage Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, has again produced another breakthrough publication. This spectacular work is a heavily documented record of all major clothing articles of the Waffen-SS. Hundreds of unpublished photographs were used in production. Original and extremely rare SS uniforms of various types are carefully photographed and presented here. Among the subjects covered in this multi-volume series are field-service uniforms, sports, drill, dress, armored personnel, tropical, and much more. A large updated chapter on SS camouflage clothing is also provided. Special chapters on the SD and concentration camp personnel assist the reader in differentiating these elements from combat units of the Waffen-SS. Difficult areas such as mountain and ski troops, plus ultra-rare pre-war uniforms are covered. Included are many striking and exquisite uniforms worn by such men as Himmler, Dietrich, Ribbentrop (father and son), Wolff, Demelhuber, and many others. From the enlisted man to the top of the SS empire, this book covers it all. This book is indispensable and an absolute must-have for any serious historian of World War II German uniforms. Volume 1 covers: Black Service Uniform, LAH Guard Uniform, SS Earth-Grey Service Uniform, Model 1936 Field Service Uniform, 1939-1940, 1941.

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Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, Vol. 2: 1942, 1943, 1944-1945, Ski Uniforms, Overcoats, White Service Uniforms, Tropical Clothing by Michael D. Beaver

This spectacular work is a heavily documented record of all major clothing articles of the Waffen-SS. Hundreds of unpublished photographs were used in production. Original and extremely rare SS uniforms of various types are carefully photographed and presented here. Among the subjects covered in this multi-volume series are field-service uniforms, sports, drill, dress, armored personnel, tropical, and much more. A large updated chapter on SS camouflage clothing is also provided. Special chapters on the SD and concentration camp personnel assist the reader in differentiating these elements from combat units of the Waffen-SS. Difficult areas such as mountain and ski troops, plus ultra-rare pre-war uniforms are covered. Included are many striking and exquisite uniforms worn by such men as Himmler, Dietrich, Ribbentrop (father and son), Wolff, Demelhuber, and many others. From the enlisted man to the top of the SS empire, this book covers it all. This book is indispensable and an absolute must-have for any serious historian of World War II German uniforms. Volume 2 covers: 1942, 1943, 1944-1945, Ski Uniforms, Overcoats, White Service Uniforms, Tropical Clothing.

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Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, Vol. 3: Armored Personnel - Camouflage - Concentration Camp Personnel - SD - SS Female Auxiliaries by Michael D. Beaver

This three-volume set is unquestionably the best reference on German SS military uniforms ever produced. This spectacular work is a heavily documented record of all major clothing articles of the Waffen-SS. Hundreds of unpublished bw photos were used in production. Original and extremely rare SS uniforms of various types are carefully photographed and presented here.

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# Political Organisations

 

The Party Badge by Jo Rivett

On over 500 pages and more than 2000 color photographs the author Jo Rivett presents the history, the designs, the manufacturing, and the intrinsic details of the Party Badge of the NSDAP. Never before has this topic been covered in such depth and it most likely never will be again. A chapter about the Golden Party Badge rounds off this scientific and provocative book.

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Uniforms of the NSDAP: Uniforms - Headgear - Insignia of the Nazi Party by Jeff Clark

This book is the first in depth published work in over twenty years on Third Reich Political Leaders uniforms and their regalia. Some of the finest items in the collecting community - uniforms, insignia, headgear, flags, banners and other items - have been assembled in this large format, all-color book. This book also explains the complicated levels and rank system so that the hobbyist can avoid the many pitfalls when adding these items to their collection. Period source material has been researched and translated here for the first time. Many high-level personality collectibles are pictured here for the first time ever, having been in private collections since 1945. This one of a kind book is a must have for any serious Third Reich collector.

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# (Military) Police Units

 

History Writ in Steel German Police Markings 1900-1936 by L. Donald Maus

The book is based on almost five years of data collection and historical research of the German police during the first third of the last century. The markings they used to identify their property have long been a source of confusion for collectors of German weapons and other memorabilia from that era. Using period documents and a database of over 2,300 observed markings representing over 300 police and law enforcement agencies, the author was able to identify about 85% of these units with confidence levels ranging from "probable" to "certain."

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Kettenhund!: The German Military Police in the Second World War by Gordon Williamson (MEMBER)

In almost every army in the world, the military police rank amongst those who are least liked by other soldiers despite the essential duties that they carry out, often being amongst the first in and last out in any theatre of war. In the German armed forces, opinions of the military police were those of fear and distrust, so great were the powers held by these troops. Germany created a plethora of different branches of what were termed 'Ordnungstruppe' ('Troops for Maintaining Order'). Many wore a distinctive metal plate around the neck, leading to their nickname 'Kettenhund' or 'Chain Dogs'. Despite being involved in the brutal treatment of partisans, their skills were so much appreciated by the Allies that on Germany's surrender, Wehrmacht military police units were allowed to remain in post to assist in controlling the vast number of disarmed German troops. Supplemented with previously unpublished photographs, Kettenhund! - The German Military Police in the Second World provides a detailed study of the organisation of these units and the distinctive uniforms and insignia they wore.

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Uniforms, Organizations & History of the German Police (Volume 1) by John R. Angolia

The police played a vital role in the Third Reich, yet are a fascinating and complex subject that has inexplicably been ignored. This first volume of a multi-volume series on the subject changes all that. The combined talents of two leading experts in the field have created the ultimate reference. This history of the German police traces back to the mid-15th Century with particular attention given to the Weimar and Third Reich periods. You will now understand the police mind-set, organization and development, plus the evolution of uniforms in Germany. This first volume contains details of the essential June 1936 dress regulations. A day-to-day chronology of the part played by the police in the Third Reich is also given. All this is contained in 704 fact-packed pages. And all this encyclopedic coverage is found in just the first volume of the long awaited series! At least two other fully illustrated volumes will follow, covering analytically and in great detail all aspects and branches of the police in Germany and her collaborationist allies, to include uniforms, insignia, flags, edged weapons and all other paraphernalia.

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Uniforms, Organizations & History of the German Police (Volume 2) by John R. Angolia

This massive volume (808 pages), one of the largest we have ever published, documents in incredible detail the uniforms, shoulder boards, collar tabs, uniforms of Police generals, specific insignia, awards, decorations, belts and buckles. Then comes the history, organization and uniforms of five of the major branches of the complex Police organization, the Protection, Traffic and Municipal Police, the Gendarmerie (including the motorized branch) and the Technical Emergency Corps (TN). Appendices provide the most complete details of organization and command of the Protection Police, Landjagerei/Gendarmerie, Motorized Gendarmerie and TN ever assembled. See the 33 x 44 inch German Police Uniform Wall Chart as a perfect companion to this title. The Wall Chart is available here on Amazon. Search for German Police Uniform Wall Chart.

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# Luftwaffe

 

# Autobiographies

Find various Luftwaffe Autobiographies (with a small review) in this thread. Credits to Richard.

 

# Other Third Reich Organisations

 

In the Service of the Reich by John R. Angolia

The first part of this book unravels the complexities of the uniforms and organization of the German Diplomatic and Government Officials. Various career levels are reflected by their piping, belts, insignia, etc. The second part details the uniforms, insignia, belt buckles, sidearms, awards plus flags and pennants of the German Red Cross. The specifics are based on the 1935 and 1938 regulations.

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Labor Organizations of the Reich by John R. Angolia

This historical document details the complexity of the German Labor organizations and their eventual absorption by the Nazi Party. Accompanying the history and make-up of these organizations is an in-depth study of their uniforms, insignia, decorations and flags, most of which has never been published.

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Thomas Durante's " The German Close combat Clasp of WWII". Good book but hard to find now. But they're out there. Stewy

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Phillippe DeBock's " The German Panzer assault badge of WWII". Hard to find but worth the money. Stewy

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The German Assault badge by Frank Heukemes. Lately there have been a few for sale on forums. Stewy

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The German Assault badge by Frank Heukemes. Lately there have been a few for sale on forums. Stewy

For anyone interested there's one for sale on WAF. In the US though, but I think books could be customs tax exempt. I'm not 100% sure though. $155 not a bad price as they don't show up too often. Stewy

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