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German Helmets of the Second World War Volume II:  by Branislav Radovic

Published in January 2002 by Schiffer Publishing, the Volume II of this two volume series features an extensive array of detailed full color photographs of German helmets.  Photographs in this volume emphasis details common to German paratrooper helmets, decals, chinstraps, and relic helmets found in Eastern Europe and Russia.  The book contains a number of helmets from the private collections of the author and a handful of US and European collectors.  The author is a well regarded collector and historian living in the UK who has been an avid helmet enthusiast since childhood.

Both volumes are large hardback editions that average a price of about $80 US per volume.  These are expensive books, but perhaps the best in a series of up and coming titles designed to give the reader a close-up look at various details of the original helmets.  Volume I features a brief introduction of each helmet model, while Volume II provides photographs of paratrooper helmets and a variety of battlefield recovered helmets from Eastern Europe and Russia. 

However neither volume provides much text or historical information on the helmets.  Volume II is virtually void of any text which is a common feature of Schiffer books.  This is a bit of a drawback in the sense that some information published in other books on this subject could be refreshed and updated with the latest information known to collectors.  This series is clearly intended to be simply a large photographic index of helmets in private collections.

A number of helmets and related components pictured in the book have already come under suspicion as being high end fakes due to their rarity and also their appearance.  These include SS helmets, helmet covers, camouflaged helmets, and some of the battlefield recovered helmets. At least one chinstrap shown in the book has been positively identified as a postwar West German model chinstrap used on Border Guard (BGS) helmets.  

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