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German Helmets 1933-1945 Volume II:  by Goodapple, Maertz and Weinand

This classic Volume II of the previously self-published German Helmets 1933-1945 by Terry Goodapple and Ron Weinand is an interesting and detailed follow-up to topics not fully addressed in the first publishing.  In 1983 the two authors collaborated with well known collector and helmet restorer William Maertz to produce a book that was enhanced to include color photos of helmets and decals and a more diverse range of helmets not commonly encountered by collectors. 

Volume II covers much of the same ground as the first book but provides the reader with an excellent full color series of helmet decals of all branches of service.  Many of the decals shown are rare variants not commonly seen in today's market place.  Over the years, the pages depicting color photographs of helmet insignia have been a major attraction to this book.

One of the reported drawbacks to Volume II centers on a controversy that later developed between the authors.  Some collectors speculate that several of the helmets depicted in Volume II are "counterfeits."  Collectors have theorized that these helmets were simply "upgraded" in various ways to fill certain voids when originals were not available.

Such is the case with a few of the hand painted and wire camouflaged helmets depicted in the book.  It is a well known fact that the authors later had disagreements about the book that prohibited them from reprinting more copies or a third volume.  Some collectors suggest that this was due to the discovery of fake helmets within the overall mix of those presented.

Regardless of the rumors or controversy, it remains a classic and necessary addition to any helmet collectors inventory of reference materials. German Helmets 1933-1945 (Volume II) is completely out-of-print and in scarce supply.   Second hand copies can occasionally be found at a price equal to approximately $65 US.  The 152 page book is printed only in English.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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