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Discussion in 'Other Militaria' started by gst121, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. gst121

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    I was wondering if anyone knows of any World War 2 collecting books. I know of Warmans collecting guides, but is there any other books that are any good.

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  2. Martin Bull

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    Thanks a bunch.
     
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    Is there something particular that you are wanting to collect? There are dozens and dozens of good reference materials out there...but unless one has thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on books you may want to narrow your interests down a bit.
     
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    I agree that this is a nice book...but it is also sprinkled with known fakes inside of it. The fake "Lederfett" tins on pages 81 & 82 are one of the more obvious offenders.
     
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    Get the Infantry Assault Badge book written by Sasha Weber? as well as the book on General Assault Badges written by: Frank Heukemes as well as The Iron Time-written by Stephen Privatera which is THE better book written ob Iron Crosses and the related family. Also, on Knights Crosses, get the book written by Dietrich Maerz-skip gordon williamsons PoS book on Knights Crosses.
     
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    Oh no ! :( Is nothing sacred ? Luckily I'm more of a guns-and-bullets person with the odd faded Zeltbahn thrown in.....

    But yes, there are now many specialist books available on individual items so maybe our contributor might like to narrow the field a little....?
     
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    Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I'm more into the field gear and uniform and helmets and things like that.
     
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    OK - then I'd still sugggest Sainz' book as an excellent guide to what is available and what you can look out for ( even if he he has been caught out by some repro items.....). Ditto Lee's paperbacks ( he also produced one for British airborne equipment ).

    The French publisher Histoire et Collections has also published a useful series of large-format photo books ( for instance, I have 'The British Soldier - D-Day to VE Day' ) which have excellent photo coverage of field equipment, as do various issues of 'Armes et Militaria' magazine.

    Issues are available via mail-order from : -

    Histoire & Collections - Militaria - Uniformes, quipements et insignes militaires de 1914 1970

    Although they are in French, the photo coverage of field equipment, weapons, munitions etc is very good.
     
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    Do you know where I can find the books by Ditto Lee.
     
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    Sorry - my bad...:eek:...I meant 'ditto' as in "" "".

    The books I referred to were the series produced a few years back by Cyrus A Lee in Montana. Looks like they're currently out-of-print but you may be able to find some via 'Bookfinder' or other internet search media. I found the books a very good introduction to German field equipment with useful hints and tips about spotting genuine items. They certainly helped me to find several interesting items for my own collection.....

    Here's a link to Cyrus' website which shows details of the books : -

    SOLDAT BOOKS
     
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    Thanks. I should have known that wasn't the guys name. It did seem a bit odd of a name.
     
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    Just dropping in to say, that this is great advice guys.......more books!
     
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    Hate to say something against Martin but, Cyrus Lees books are s__t. If you want a great one on uniforms--try Wade Krawysek (Terrible-misspelling of his last name but) he put out a great book about 10-12 years ago with plenty of pix of some great looking uniforms. Get the book if your interested in German stuff? Also, there were some really good books put out with lots of good info and pics that were about German Helmets and SS caps of all types. I cant remember who put them out but they were great reference books and fairly cheap too. You might be able to find all of these at a good used bookstore like Half Price Books.

    Also, try the many books put out by Brian Davis as well as LtCol John R. Angolia.

    If you want only American stuff, sorry-cant help ya there as I dont collect any of that stuff.
     

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