German Helmets 1933-1945: by Terry Goodapple and Ron Weinand
as one of the best helmet books ever written by collectors for
collectors, this early softbound book was printed by the authors in
1981. At the time it was published, this 142 page book was one of
the only available on this subject other than Ludwig Baer's
The History of the German Steel Helmet.
German Helmets 1933-1945 has become known as a classic older work
with excellent black and white photos and original helmets throughout.
excellent introduction and description of World War II German helmet
history starts off the reader with a good understanding of the subject.
The book then examines more than 100 helmets ranging from military to
civilian in nature. Most of the helmets depicted are from older
collections that were established well before the market produced
high-end counterfeits. As a result, the reader can easily use this
book as a solid reference tool without questioning if a helmet
depicted is truly original.
book's major drawback is that it features only black and white
photographs of the helmets shown. The author's have since
explained that this was done intentionally due to the cost associated
with self-publishing a full color book. Despite this aspect, the
book remains an excellent source of information from two well known and
established collectors who began their interest when a German helmet was
worth only a few hundred dollars.
German Helmets 1933-1945 is still in print and can be found in
online auctions and specialty book stores. This book is printed only in English and sells
for approximately $15 US.