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Elite #106: Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933-45by Brian C. Bell
Synopses & Reviews
The German Stahlhelm is perhaps the most recognizable image of World War II (1939-1945). Manufactured in its millions, it was used or copied by many countries. It is still one of the most collected relics of the war; but despite its relative availability, prices have reached levels that challenge collectors to protect themselves by acquiring in-depth knowledge. This book, by a collector of 30 years' standing, offers a detailed masterclass in the patterns, component parts and finishes of the combat helmets used by the German Army, Navy and Air Force. It is illustrated with a superb selection of rare period photos, colour photos of collected examples, and striking colour paintings.
Uniforms and equipment, tactics and personalities of troops and commanders, and methods of warfare. Each book focuses on a single army or elite unit, a military tactic or a group of famous commanders. Uniform, insignia and equipment are shown in full color artwork. Easy to acquire, difficult to fake and inexpensive to buy, German helmets of World War 2 are amongst the most widely collected memorabilia of the Third Reich. This book provides a detailed classification of the helmets used by the Army, Navy and Luftwaffe.
About the Author
BRIAN BELL has been a collector of World War II German helmets for more than 30 years, since acquiring a naval M1935 helmet at the age of nine. An avid student of military history, he has travelled extensively in Germany to attend Wehrmacht veterans' reunions, and has interviewed many about their wartime experiences. Brian has a graduate degree from the University of Nebraska and is a professional career adviser to MBA students; he is married, and lives in Charlotteville, Virginia.
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