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