BOOKS #40810C Hitler baut Grossdeutschland - Heinrich Hoffmann
There are the usual images of cheering masses, seas of billowing banners, and the usual fanfare. Also the great Hitler Mercedes (a car of truly epic proportions) makes a noteworthy appearance. There are also a great many outstanding in-wear uniform images.
A very good Hoffmann title here.
BOOKS #40811C Hitler befreit Sudetenland - Heinrich Hoffmann
There are some great images of the characters involved, including Heinlein, Mussolini, and Göring, and many shots of merry German soldiers marching past the even merrier Sudeten Germans. They look genuinely happy, but it was probably unwise to appear otherwise in front of marching columns of heavily armed men.
A good Hoffmann propaganda title here, capturing an interesting moment in history.
BOOKS #40812C Hitler in Seiner Heimat - Heinrich Hoffmann
This is a softcover edition, 64 pages long. In English the title of this book would read, "Hitler in his Homeland", a very touching title that shows the more sensitive side of one of the most infamous men in history.
This book is loaded with images of the usual suspects: Hitler, of course, as well as Göring and his Wedding Sword, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, Reichsstatthalter Dr. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Hess, and the rest of the jolly gang.
You'll have to choke back your tears at the carefully staged propaganda shots of Hitler at his parents grave in Leonding. After you're regained your composure you'll see images of Hitler's youthful stomping grounds of Braunau am Inn, Linz, and Melk, as well as the usual obligatory masses of wildly cheering Germans.
An effective propaganda title here, and textbook Hoffman.
BOOKS #40813C Ein Volk ehrt seinen Führer - Heinrich Hoffmann
It features many images coming from Hitler's gala 50th birthday celebration on 20 April, 1939. There are plenty of in-wear shots and photos of the usual infamous people, as well as the obligatory beaming masses of German "volk".
A good item for the collector of period books here.
BOOKS #40701C Swords of Germany 1900/1945 - Jack Angolia
This book was first published in 1988 and has been out of print for decades. This example is in choice condition, with an added plastic cover.
If you are collecting swords or just wish to expand your knowledge on the subject, this book is a must-have addition for your library.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00
BOOKS #39816C The Daggers and Edged Weapons of Hitler's Germany - James P. Atwood
You could say that this is the book that started out entire hobby. It is loaded with excellent images (in color and black and white) of German edged weapons across 240 pages. This is a first edition, published in 1965.
The original dust jacket is intact, with only a few tears along the edges.
Even though this is a very old title the information it contains is priceless. The way that Atwood went about exploring the subject (namely focusing on period photographs in wear and period catalogs) was and remains extraordinary. It is difficultly to debate the authenticity of a item with a period, in-wear photograph staring you in the face! Every once in a while I pick up the copy I bought in 1965 and reminisce how this book started my lifelong love of collecting. There is no question that Jim Atwood is the father of this hobby, and no collecting library is complete without this amazing book.
BOOKS #40689 English Translation of Mein Kampf
This English language edition was printed in 1939. It is over 500 pages long and looks nearly identical to the German versions, except for the English text. This is one of the first complete English versions of Mein Kampf, translated by James Murphy and published by the firm of Hurst & Blackett, London.
Mr. Murphy had been initially hired by the German Propaganda Ministry to make an English translation for their use; this version was ultimately published in Germany, but no credit was given to Murphy. Comparing the rare Propaganda Ministry edition to the Hurst & Blackett edition we see the text is similar, however many of Hitler's more tortuous sentences have been streamlined in the later version. There are also some changes in the number and placement of certain "offensive" words which were not present in the original German text.
This edition was published until 1943, the run being ended when the printing company was flattened by German bombs.
It is a hardcover volume with gilded Party eagle and swastika on the cover. The fly leaf has been signed by the original owner, one "L. Kernot" of "Millswood". The signature and town are in old ink, so surely the original owner purchased this book back in the late 30's.
If you ever were thinking about tackling this supremely controversial title you can't go wrong with this edition. The period translation probably benefits from a complete lack of political correctness.
BOOKS #40174C SS Totenkopf Honor Ring 1933-1935 - Don Boyle
This book is widely regarded as the "bible" for SS ring collectors. It is written in a very simple, accessible style that can be easily understood by anyone. There are many, many great illustrations and learned opinions cramming the pages of this book.
If you are considering adding an SS Honor Ring to your collection this book is a must; it contains everything you need to know about the subject. This book has been out of print for almost 20 years and is quite scarce, let alone a signed, mint copy.
BOOKS #40220C A Reference on Daggers and Dress Bayonets Illustrated - R. & L. Enterprises
This book was one of the first published works on the subject of German Daggers, coming on the market way back in 1959. It must have been a sight on the shelves, with the red cover and large swastika!
There are a few mistakes in this book, as well as some exotic daggers that were being reproduced at this early date. In the main, however, it is a interesting reference book. It spans 60 pages, with plenty of captioned photos.
This book is considered a classic in the hobby, and is a must for your library.
BOOKS #36465C Adolf Hitler Cigarette Album
These albums were given out by cigarette companies and as cigarettes were purchased the pictures which were to be put into them were given out. The book is 133 pages, and crammed with images. This copy has some condition issues but remains reasonably sound. One of the owners of this book signed his name on the inside cover; it reads "Adolf Kirberg".
These cigarette albums were Party propaganda publications and the pictures contained within look identical to genuine photographs. If you have never seen one of these photo albums you are in for a real treat. The album details in photography as well as printed text in the German language the rise of Adolf Hitler as Reichs Chancellor. The album covers the first few years of the Party, dating from 1936. Just looking at this book for about a half an hour will get you all excited about this hobby and the history behind it all; all the usual suspects crop up throughout this book.
I cannot stress enough how interesting and valuable these books are to the dedicated collector.
BOOKS #39802C Adolf Hitler Cigarette Album
These albums were given out by cigarette companies and as cigarettes were purchased the pictures which were to be put into them were given out. The book is 133 pages. This particular volume is not in very good shape at all, but might still be useful if you'd like to salvage the images.
These cigarette albums were Party propaganda publications and the pictures contained within look identical to genuine photographs. If you have never seen one of these photo albums you are in for a real treat. The album details in photography, as well as printed text in the German language, the rise of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. The album covers the first few years of the Party, being printed in 1936. Just looking at this book for about a half an hour will get you all excited about this hobby and the history behind it all.
An original period album here, with condition issues but priced to sell.
BOOKS #36464 Deutschland Erwacht Cigarette Album
This Deutschland Erwacht cigarette album is missing the dust cover and does show some wear. The album consists of 153 pages of text, in Germans, as well as hundreds of outstanding photographs of the period.
These albums cover the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1933. They are very exciting and meant to instill enthusiasm in the viewer. This is one of the few albums that remains where the original Röhm photographs are still intact. Most of the time the Röhm photos were removed and his replacement Viktor Lütze replaced him.
This album is complete and also has the large pull out picture of the Nuremberg rallies.
BOOKS #39803 Deutschland Erwacht Cigarette Album
The album consists of 153 pages of text with hundreds of outstanding period images. These albums cover the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1933. They are very exciting and meant to instill enthusiasm in the viewer. This is one of the few albums that remains where the original Röhm photographs are still intact. Most of the time the Röhm photos were removed and his replacement Viktor Lütze replaced him.
This album is in sound condition throughout. It is complete and also has the large pull out picture of the Nuremberg rallies.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
BOOKS #37852C Die Silberschmiede der NSDAP un der SS - Arthur Meyer & Heinrich W. Schild
This slim, black volume measures by 7 inches, with 111 pages and a hard cover. It is in the original German, and details all of the fascinating jewelry and militaria that was produced by the very famous husband and wife design team of Otto and Karolina Gahr. This book is very sought after by SS collectors as it contains many photographs and images of SS pins, swords, standartes, et cetera, many of which are only rarely encountered.
Copies of this ultra-rare book are extremely difficult to obtain, and their popularity has driven the price fairly high. It has become a collectible in itself and no serious SS collector would be without one! Don't settle for a terrible scanned PDF copy or, heaven forbid, photocopied sheets.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
BOOKS #39081C Period Gebruder Gräfrath Catalog
The catalog spans 12 pages and measures 11 ½ by 8 inches.
A scarce period catalog here, in very collectible condition.
BOOKS #39080C Paul Seilheimer Catalog
This catalog is 7 pages long and details the Seilheimer line. Detailed within are both of the company logos; a dog with a sword in his mouth and the champagne glass and sword. Depicted inside are assorted swords, Army Daggers and hangers, Luftwaffe daggers, bayonets, Naval Dirks, Land and Sea Customs daggers, HJ, SA and NSKK daggers as well as Forestry/Hunting pieces.
A very fine period catalog here, of special interest to those collecting Hunting a Forestry pieces; Seilheimer examples are very much in demand.
Near Mint. $75.00
BOOKS #38372C Seven Volume “Das Dritte Reich” Chronicles
This set of seven books is the first of the type I have encountered over the years. The first volume covers from 1918 through 1933. After this, each book covers an individual years from 1934 through 1939. They are all leather bound and have finely gilded titles.
The book, of course, are all in German and average over 400 pages each. At the end of each book there are approximately 50 pages of photographs. There images are fantastic, most of which I have never seen before. Many are very exciting, as they depict the interesting events of each years during the rise of the Party up until the outbreak of the war. These books are a treasure trove of information for someone who reads German, to be sure.
I believe that a this set of books could be an outstanding asset to a military library. A great opportunity here to acquire a very importmant set of historical volumes.
BOOKS #37672 Wedding Presentation Copy of Mein Kampf
This Mein Kampf has a good hard cover with a spine covered in blue leather. The oak leaf spring and the word “Kampf” still have their gilded finish. The word “Mein” as well as “Adolf Hitler” have been rubbed out. Other than this the book is in good condition. The book measures 7 ½ inches by 5 inches and has a printing date of 1943.
The first page has a handwritten dedication to the newlyweds, “Schümann / Rarskowiak”. This copy was was given by the “Stansamt I” in Hanover, and dated in ink “11 Dezember 1943”. The Bürgermeister has signed this copy with his best wishes.
A good copy of Mein Kampf here, especially interesting given the official signature and dedication.
BOOKS #37551C Deutsche Kriegsweihnacht - “A German War Christmas”
This book is something of a chimera; on one hand it is is a very, almost ludicrously sweet looking Christmas songbook and storybook, filled with old German standards and wistful recollections of Christmases past, inspirational quotations and reflections on Germany, the war, and the holiday itself. On the other it is a piece of carefully crafted Nazi propaganda. Interest in and reverence for Christmas did not wane even under the heavy jackboot of the Nazi Party; I suppose the Propaganda Ministry decided rather than fight ancient traditions it was better to “subtly” inject itself into the season, which did expertly in this book. It really must be seen to be appreciated.
All of the usual suspects, namely Adolf Hitler, Dr. Goebbels, Thilo Scheller, Dietrich Eckart, Kurt Eggers, Walter Flex all took time to wax sentimental about the holiday, albeit from a distinctly Nazi point of view. The end result is just fascinating, a real witches brew of teary eyed, rose-tinted sentimentality and hardcore Nazi jingoism.
This book is a soft cover edition and has 195 pages. It measures 6½ inches by 9 inches. It is beautifully illustrated; honestly the artwork throughout is really exceptional, and a interesting change from the usually brutal Nazi iconography. Highlights include a glowering Hitler gazing maniacally at a heavily bedecked Christmas tree, looking for all the world like Ming the Merciless, albeit a bit shorter.
A wonderful and thought provoking book here.
BOOKS #33629 Deutsche Heldenflieger (German Pilot Hero)
The book consists of 34 pages which picture many of the famous (and infamous) Imperial flyers, as well as many Blue Max winners.
This booklet was apparently produced as a series as there are others listed on the inner cover having various topics. This book is in absolutely brand new condition and is a nice addition to an Imperial flying collectors library.
BOOKS #34009C Book of Prints “Maler und Zeichner”
The prints inside are in perfect condition some being in color and other being in the form of pencil drawings. There are some very beautifully done scenes of war destruction as well as soldiers in action. Any one of these prints could be framed and make a nice highlight to a collection. Each print is mounted on a paper backing. An excellent set of works probably done early in the war.
Excellent Plus. $215.00
BOOKS #36295 Weapons of Warriors - Vic Diehl & Hermann Hampe
At nearly 400 pages, Weapons of Warriors is a definitive photographic study of the most renowned, prestigious, and historic Arabic and Turkish swords from the 12th through the 19th century. Each and every sword featured in this book has been professionally photographed, in the highest resolution and truest color. Each weapon has been lovingly displayed at multiple angles, many at actual size, with two-page spreads to provide the reader with the most detailed appreciation of the craftsmanship and artistry involved in the creation of these famous Shamshirs, Kilics, Nimchas, Yatagans, and Saifs. I cannot overstate the beauty of these images; this book is a feast for the eyes.
The world-reknowned Askeri Military Museum of Istanbul, Turkey, has set a new standard in cultural exchange by opening its entire collection to the authors. The museum staff provided every assistance to be certain that their most magnificent and important weapons were photographed for this study; the museum Director of Edged Weapons even took the time to pen an essay (included herein) on the Turkish Yatagan! Working with the authors was an international team of writers from Germany, India, and Egypt who provided additional information on the science and craftsmanship involved in the creation these historically significant blades, the mechanics of traditional "Koftgari" decoration, as well as the translation of ancient passages and Quranic verses that adorn the examples featured in this study. It is truly a comprehensive work.
This beautiful, large format book (measuring 13" by 9") is produced for everyone who loves the lore and lure of edged weapons, whether they are beginning students, historians, collectors, or connoisseurs.
BOOKS #36164 Czechoslovakian Edged weapons 1918-1953 - Jan Zeleny and Jiri Smejhkal
This large format hardback book has 479 pages and is in full color. All text is in both the English and Czech language. The book features amazing period in-wear photos mated with outstanding edged weapons photography featuring many pictures of each dagger, hanger and even daggers in a take-down state. Includes sections on Czech daggers from the post WWI period, and then all of the Army and Air Force edged weapons worn by Czech and Slovak Forces, Customs Service, State Forest Service, Army Forest, Kuratorium, Government Army, Hlinka Guard, Slovak Diplomatic and many presentation daggers.
Many of these Czech daggers enjoy high collectivity interest and are often quite valuable. A great book to add to your library. An extremely worthwhile reference and a top-notch, quality book. Highly recommended!
$85.00 + Shipping
This book covers the tableware and silverware used throughout the NSDAP organizations, Party Hotels, Railway system, German Wehrmacht organizations and personal monograms. The book contains a total of 636 pages with most interesting commentary and little known facts by the author and collector, James Yannes.
There are literally hundred of patterns pictured, with fine close-up photos of monograms and organization markings. For the first time, these patterns of flatware and table items frequently encountered can be accurately identified and appreciated for their true significance. I collect flatware myself and am very pleased to finally see a well-researched volume of this caliber.
This book is sure to have a positive affect on this growing marketplace. An excellent book to expand your knowledge and appreciation of this previously little-known collecting field.
$65.00, plus $15.00 domestic shipping.
BOOKS #33355 German Swords and Daggers - Xu Xin
The author, Xu Xin, has gone to great lengths to take photographs of many rare and beautiful Imperial as well as Third Reich edged weapons. His purpose with this reference is to introduce Chinese collectors to the workmanship and the elegance of the swords and daggers made for Imperial and Third Reich Germany. Although the captions are all in Chinese, it does not take much understanding to comprehend beautiful photography and color.
The book is reasonably priced and is a bargain considering the pleasure and value you will receive looking at these beautiful photographs for many years to come. It is also a good opportunity to support our hobby in Asia, as the Chinese are doing quite well and on their way to a sound middle class society. There is no reason why they will not grow to appreciate the hobby as much as we do in the west.
The book measures 10¼” x 10¼” with hard back and color dust cover. An excellent value.
BOOKS #32418 A Hitler Youth - Henry Metelmann
An autobiography of a railway worker's son who joined the Hitler Youth at the age of 12. Metelmann's decision to join the HJ was passionately opposed by his parents, and the conflict between his Nazism and his father's socialism is a central theme. Opening in pre-Nazi Hamburg, this title covers all aspects of life in this strongly socialist, working class community. This settled society was disrupted by the arrival of the Nazis who used violence, propoganda, and skillfully orchestrated gatherings and marches to achieve total political dominance.
The author gives an account of the beating and intimidation of individual opponents of the Nazi regime, and the climate of fear and violence which gradually transformed his family, friends, and local community. We see the rise of Hitler and the terrible consequences that followed through this detailed and sometimes painfully honest personal account.
Excellent Plus. $45.00
BOOKS #32416C Iron Fist / Classic Armored Warfare Case Studies - Bryann Perrett
Since its development in the early 20th century, the armored tank has played an pivotal role in warfare. This title examines the evolution of these vehicles, their effects on the science of war, as well the ways battle has shaped the tank.
Perret selects prime examples of armored action from the two World Wars, the Middle East, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, and vividly re-creates the swirling chaos of the battlefield, all the while telling the story of mechanized armor. Among the compelling case studies: 1991's Operation Desert Sabre in Kuwait. In hardcover with dust jacket.
Excellent Plus. $35.00
BOOKS #27530C Les Armes Blanches Du IIIe Reich - Dominique Venner
This is a French language title detailing the edged weapons of the Third Reich. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the French language does not extend much further than "Bonjour!", "Comment allez-vous?", and "Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?" so writing an accurate description has been a bit tricky.
This book is in hard cover format with the dust jacket intact. There is only very minor wear evident throughout. A reasonably rare title for the miltary minded Francophone or die hard book collector.
This hardbound edition, authored by expert Wayne Techet, covers just about everything the collector or enthusiast would need to know about Third Reich etched bayonets.264 pages of color and black and white photographs, that are second to none, with accompanying captions.A vast amount of information here!
The author presents a fantastic overview of etched bayonets, ways in which to detect reproductions, and insight into many, many makers. Also included are rare SSand Panzer patterns and a value guide to different motiffs.
BOOKS #25849 Deutsche Uniformen und Seitengewehre (German Uniforms & Bayonets 1841/1945) - Claus Lübbe
There are over 650 fantastic, clearly defined photographs showing uniforms and bayonets, guns, swords, and medals in-wear. Many of the clear photos show blow-ups of the edged weapons themselves. There are 161 Pages. All captions are labeled both in German and in English. I have learned a lot about German uniforms, regiments, spiked helmets, and bayonet varieties just looking at these photos, and you will too.
BOOKS #16785 Flags & Standards of the Third Reich - Brian Leigh Davis
Many of the photos show period in-use examples, not to mention a host of choice Mercedes cars packed full of Field Marshalls! It is 160 pages of photos and text, laid down by one of the leading militaria experts in the world, Brian Leigh Davis. This book was first published in 1975, and is just as an exciting read today as it was over 30 years ago!This copy is complete with the original dust jacket.
Excellent Plus. $175.00
BOOKS #25823 Guide to Military Dress Daggers, Volume 1 - Kurt Glemser
This softback format is 160 pages of excellent photos and text. For the first time, the foreign daggers of both WW1 and WW2 are finally identified. Although the Milestone chapter in Tom Johnson's great series is excellent, it is tremendous to have a first rate reference devoted to this area.
In addition to the foreign pieces, Kurt also covers German Damascus makers and their tang marks, German Imperial Naval pieces, fantasy pieces and even the current reproductions coming out of Texas. An extremely worthwhile addition to your reference library. The price is a "song" compared to the value you will receive from this book. Highly recommended.
BOOKS #25843 Guide to Military Dress Daggers, Volume 2 - Kurt Glemser
This second volume continues the picturing and identification of many of the Axis and some Imperial German and Austrian rare variations. It includes lots of great photographs and text, all in a hardback format with beautiful dust cover.
Many of the daggers covered are not seen in any other references. There is even a chapter devoted to the beautiful Damast blades made during the Imperial heydays of Germany. 160 Pages. Volume 1 of this book sold well, so should this one. Don't miss out as productions runs are limited. Highly recommended reference.
BOOKS #25820 Guide to Military Dress Daggers, Volume 3 - Kurt Glemser
Kurt Glemser continues his outstanding efforts with Axis and Foreign daggers with the recent introduction of Volume 3 of his series. This hardbound, 260 page book, in 6" x 9 1/2" format, comes with beautiful color dust cover.
For the first time in his series, Glemser addresses the beautiful Italian Naval Cadet dirks, Romanian edged weapons are detailed from their inception, new information is disclosed on the Austrian Pilots dagger, the Croatian daggers of former Yugoslavia are discussed in detail, the true beauty of the awesome Czech and Slovakians Pilots daggers of the former Czechoslovakia are revealed.
If this were not enough, there is an extensive chapter on the extremely well-made Swiss Army daggers, a chapter on Polish daggers, and finally the art of Damascus is discussed with Egon Dinger, the son of the famous Damascus smith family active during Imperial and Third Reich Germany.
A tremendous effort here, and a must for every serious edged weapons collection library.
BOOKS #25944 Officer Swords of the German Navy
A hardbound "SCHIFFER MILITARY HISTORY BOOK" with analysis of German swords from many different periods. This 174 page book by Claus and Dirk Stefanski examines, in great detail, the swords of the Prussian Navy, the German Reichs Fleet, the Hamburg Flotilla, the North German Federation Navy, the Reichsmarine, the Kreigsmarine, and many more.
This book offers a comprehensive written study of the history behind these swords accompanied by deeply detailed photographs in color and black and white. Fantastic crisp photography of these historic swords and of those who wore them. Included is also a study of portepees and a section on Damascus blades. A must have for those who love German swords or the beginner collector seeking invaluable knowledge. 9" x 11 1/4" 1st Edition w/ dustjacket.
BOOKS #26113 Edged Weapon Accoutrements of Germany, 1800/1945
A fantastic 154 page hard bound book that helps identify German portepees, bayonets, troddels, and other accoutrements from 1800 through the end of World War II. This reference contains wonderful rare period photographs of soldiers and officers in full dress regalia accompanied with their corresponding accoutrements. There is a vast index of troddels to help answer which sword or dagger they may of belong to and to which region of origin they were made. There is also various color groupings of knots.
For collectors of the Third Reich there is gigantic photographic evidence of how accoutrements appeared and how they were worn on their respective dagger or sword. Information on Prussia, Bavaria, Hesse, Mecklenburg, Saxony, Wurttemberg, the Empire, Portepees, Hangers, and Knots. Glossary of terms is included. Published in 2002 by Reddick Enterprises.Contributing authors include Heinrich Kreutz, Rolf Hofmann, Thomas M. Johnson, and J. Rex Reddick. A must have reference guide for the serious collector.
BOOKS #26135 Uniforms of the Third Reich, a Study in Photographs
The book contains uniforms from the Army, Luftwaffe, Kreigsmarine, Waffen-SS, Allgemeine-SS, Hitler Youth, and Political Leaders. Fine detail of accommodating accoutrements as well. Great book, hard to put down. Authored by Arthur Hayes and Jon Maguire, and published in 1997.
BOOKS #27447 Luftwaffe Rudder Markings
This is an informative reference on the broad and interesting topic of Luftwaffe rudder markings. Lots of different aircrafts, units, and pilots are covered. Presented in black and white photography. For those researchers or enthusiasts of the Luftwaffe this book is a must.