Laine Didier, Chromos
Service, Paris 1984
THE older reference book on officer helmets. Was
originally very hard to come by and regularly very
expensive. (I've seen them sold well over $200 USD). Now
reprints are much cheaper. It has it all but I thought
perhaps the same material was available in other more
readily found sources. I was wrong. Always good to
double check different sources but this one really gets
you going. Two thumbs up. It focuses on the details of
the peace time Pickelhauben, epaulettes and uniforms of
Imperial German Army officers in 1914. Every active
regiment is illustrated separately by seniority. So if
you want to look up the 15th Infantry it is there in
order. Some nice color photos but most of the pages are
in white, gold, and black. (You get used to it).
Interesting but the lugs on the back of Hessian helmets
were not detailed here. Does this mean that we are all
fallible? Always thought it odd that a Frenchman was the
best source in English for German Imperial Helmets.
Unfortunately the author has died, and this collection was auctioned off by Kube in March 2009.