Casque Allemand: by Philippe
colorful softbound book includes a combination of detailed text and
photos depicting the history of the World War II German helmet.
Helmets are categorized into short chapters that describe various
helmets of the Wehrmacht. Nice detailed photos show close-up
images of decals for easy identification.
author lives in France and is a respected collector of World War II
German helmets. The book is one of a series published by Gazette
Des Armes, a Paris Publisher specializing in military history and
collectibles. The nature and feel of this book is similar to that
presented by Militaria Magazine, another French language
periodical on militaria and history
close examination of the photos, it appears that the book is free of any
obvious "fakes" or "reproductions." This is fortunate as
collectors are always in need of good, detailed photos of quality
original helmets. Some collectors may challenge a few of the
"exotics" so described by the writer, but this is not uncommon when it
comes to non-standard political style helmets. For the most part,
the book focuses on covering topics most akin to those found on German-Helmets.com.
The text and its layout are similar in the sense that they take the
reader through a description of various markings, liner styles, decals,
and helmets worn by the Wehrmacht.
book's major drawback is that is is printed only in French. For
English readers the book will remain a handy reference guide with good
images of some solid looking helmets. A reader with a good French
language translator should do well in converting the text to English.