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German Helmets 1933-1945:  by Terry Goodapple and Ron Weinand

Known 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 HelmetGerman Helmets 1933-1945 has become known as a classic older work with excellent black and white photos and original helmets throughout. 

An 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.

The 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.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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