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Knötel, Pietsch, Collas,v. Diepenbroick-Grünter & Schultz, Hamburg, 1935-1936.

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.


The 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 it.

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