Massive and wonderful,
this 640 page tome in English is not just a helmet
book. Everything from uniforms, hats, ammo pouches to
mess tins are covered. The photographs are simply
outstanding and the text goes where no text has gone
before. The sheer breadth of topics is overwhelming.
The approach is museum like and the proof is there. The
English language version is just fine. The translation
works it is not like babelfish.
Much of the photo lexicon is based around “Probe”
tagged items. These were examples placed in the Army
museum at Rastatt. By having the example a standard
could be made for that specific producer of that item. The
pictures in the book mainly come from Rastatt and the
Bavarian Army Museum. This is a look at the field
uniform and equipment. The author envisions several
volumes to deal with other parts of the Imperial German
army. There are tons of period photos backing up the
This is 1914-1918 so wartime. Ersatz and wartime
helmets are shown in a detail offered no where else.
There are 4 main sections to the book
Development of the field gray uniform
The basic items of uniform
Uniforms and insignia of branches of service.
Biggest part not based on regiment but branch.
is never enough in the write ups but the author admits
there is too much subject. I will continue to read but
this is amazing.
There is a qualitative difference between the books published by Verlag Militaria and other publishers. Verlag Militaria books 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. This is wartime unlike some of the other books from by Verlag Militaria which cover the prewar only.