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The purpose of this site is to share information about Imperial German stuff and keep my own findings straight. I don't sell anything. Ok I take offers on postcards. I am no expert. I am a collector. I give several opinions a day on things.  It is what it is an opinion and you get what you pay for.  It is free.  It might not be right, and I have been wrong before and will be wrong again.  But it is a heck of a lot of fun. I have been told this site is like a gold mine -- true -- you have to dig around a lot to find anything of value.

We are finished at least in the short run with book writing. Great War Dawning is out and our next one – The Last Great Cavalry Charge is going to be published by Fonthill Media. So we have decided to turn our attention to travel and then back to the website. You should see a lot more updates now. Newest article is on a bandeau issue that has not been discussed in any of the references. Upcoming book - The Last Great Cavalry Charge - Fonthill Media.

Newest book The Great War Dawning - Imperial Germany and its Army at the Start of World War One. Available from the publisher at USA postage prices. Much much cheaper than Amazon. Look at the upper right of the website for USA customers. The reviews have been amazingly good. We are of course biased but you cannot do much better than this. We do not make money on it if you buy it the publisher does.

The vast majority of the history questions I get are simply answered by giving a reference page number. Whether you are into ancestry or German history or World War I you need this book. Coming in at 4 1/2 pounds there is a lot of data, maps, and pictures in this one! Extremely handsome a present for anyone.

Much cheaper from the publisher than Amazon.

KR2 Bandeau

Master Infantry Sheet

Master Cavalry Sheet


Two articles giving examples of helmet markings:

There is also an article on helmet makers and their marks:

 Our other books still in print.

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I get an awful lot of questions about family history, pictures of relatives and background of pictures and family history. Many people from  The first thing I would advise is to buy the book on the left. This explains a great deal.

People use the contact box on the bottom of this page to ask me if it is okay to send me a picture to review. Superfine send away- I do it all the time and sometimes I cannot help.  Use the contact box and I will send you my e-mail. Trying to keep the spam down!





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