Pietsch, Collas,v. Diepenbroick-Grünter & Schultz,
This is the famous work by Knötel, Pietsch and Collas.
Referred to generally as the Uniformenkunde, you have to be
very careful because there are many books called the Uniformenkunde.
Several of these books are done by Knötel. This is a
three volume work done in the 1930s. Actually volume 1 came
out in 1935, and two in 1936. Volume 3 is a text volume. The
first two volumes are picture volumes. Huge numbers of pictures
of the old army uniforms and headgear in color. Volume 1 is
for generals, general staffs and Kriegministers, infantry, Jager
and Schützen. Volume 2 is for the cavalry. This has been
reproduced in a confusing, but much more usable single volume.
Actually, it is called II Tafelband. So you think you are
just getting volume 2. In reality you are getting the plates
for volume 1 and volume 2. No text. Text is in another volume.
If you return to the originals, they consist of hardcover
folio's of plates of uniforms and helmets with volume 1 having
68 plates numbered through 64. And volume 2 having 59 plates
covering numbers 65 through 122. There are Tafels 1-200. If
you have problems with my math. It's because there are several
plates that are 117a for example, which allow for a few more
plates than strict numbers. Each plate is separate. Like a
photograph that you pull out of the hardcover folio. They
are about the size of a piece of paper with vivid colors.
There is a very good table of contents. However you have to
dig through the plates to get to the right one. The cost of
originals is high. Some sources sell it for over $700. Sometimes
you see them as low as $200. Very tough to find.
reproduction comes in book format, held together with screws.
So you can physically unscrew it and get the plates separately.
That would be useful I suppose if your scanner required a flat
page. The reproduction is an exact copy--easy to find the plates.
The reproduction is not inexpensive, but it is convenient. Based
on the cost and convenience. I prefer the reproduction, which
was done in 1982. The only reason to have the originals. As
I see it is for the public domain portion of publication. I
would say this is a must-have, but it is quite expensive, difficult
to locate and you can find the information in other sources.
Great to have this is a reference. Seek it out if you can find