Lacarde, Jean Louis,
Vol.1 and Vol. 2, Jacques Grancher, Paris, 1983
Nice pictures and
considered by many to be a bible. Vol. 1 is real hard to
come by. Vol. 2 is available from time to time. It is
written in French. Unlike my bilingual Canadian friends,
French escapes me. I struggle though parts but prefer
German. English is best but …. Alright but this is a
WONDERFUL set of books. It is no wonder some consider it
a bible. If only I read French better..
Volume 1 is about the
Infantry helmets. Chapter 2 goes on the best explanation
of reserve and landwehr helmets I have seen. Again
language creates a barrier for me but 7 pages of text
and good pictures. A short chapter on general
pickelhaubes and then a chapter on Mitres. Not my
interest but a detailed explanation with pictures. The
next chapter is on cockardes. Now I cannot get all of
the information out of this chapter and it is only three
pages mostly pictures so I cannot think this is
exhaustive. Chapter 6 is 50 pages of a state by state
explanation. Quite good, super pictures and diagrams and
coverage of flugel adjutant plates. I'm impressed. On
page 84 there is a picture of an 1868
Mecklenburg-Schwerin OR helm. Unique helmet.
Nice picture! Now if only I could get the Landwehr 1895
one .... there is then a chapter on M1915 and ersatz
models. In the ersatz there are pictures you see nowhere
else. Really different helmets. Chapters 8-10 are
details on shakos and engineer helmets. There are then 4
annexes. Annex one is a detailed explanation of depot
marks. I know of no other source that explains these.
Annex 2 is on fakes. Annex 3 is
terminology and 4 is the 1914 OB data.
Volume 2 Is supposedly about cavalry but includes
artillery and train as well. The index and the page
numbers are way way off. It is so bad you cannot use the table of contents for page numbers. Things are in the right order. The first 7 chapters are on all
the cavalry helmets and it is a grand layout. Chapter 6
is on reserve helmets and actually lists all of the
reserve cavalry formations in 1914. Not the landwehr
ones but Lacarde does great work here. Chapter 8 is on
specialty troops and includes those Lieb Gendarmes with
wonderful photos. Chapter 9 (one chapter) is on
artillery. All artillery and this is too short a
treatment. All the Prussian, various states and reserves
in one chapter. Nice pictures though. Chapter 10 is on
train helmets and includes two pictures of Hessian Train
helmets. There is a chapter on Haus Doorn and an annex
on the 1914 OB.
So I say nice pictures.
Others swear by this and I have used magazine articles
by this guy in the past. Big language problems for me.
Prices on these have been doing the yo-yo drill. Used to
be volume 2 went for less than $100. Just saw one go for
over $200. I'd still buy Stubbs BUT Stubbs has mistakes
and holes in the photo lexicon. Most older collectors
refer to these volumes because that was all there was in
the 80's and 90's. Times have changed. Lacarde knows his
helmets. These are great source books. Now the
language?????? The biggest problem is the lack of footnotes. While he seems always correct you cannot re-create many of his statements. He gives a bibliography but no footnotes.
One of the largest advantages of these books are there workable size. These are much more user-friendly than anything produced by the extremely high quality and extremely unwieldy books by There is a qualitative difference between the books published by Verlag Militaria and other publishers. These are so much higher quality. The books by Schiffers are attractive but do not contain the quality in the narration, pictures, or research provided by Verlag Militaria. It is true that the Kraus books can be less burdensome but these are really quite nice.