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SS Helmets: A Collector's Guide Volume II:  by Kelly Hicks

This follow-up to the First Volume published several years ago by Reddick Enterprises features a nice selection of color photographs of authenticated SS helmets.  Detailed photographs show the interior of helmets, decals, color finishes, and overall variations in pre-war transitional and combat styles.  Volume II makes an attempt to illustrate a wider variety of helmets compared to what was shown in Volume I.  The use of color is more apparent and helpful to collectors.  The book is still in available and typically purchased for a reasonable sum of $20 US.  

By comparison to much larger books on the subject of German helmets, the text is once again a bit limited overall.  The book does not make an attempt to answer every question regarding German helmets, but places emphasis exclusively on SS helmets.  Once again the author stays clear of any detailed discussion of reproductions.  Readers should be aware that the author's main focus in writing both volumes was to educate concerning the features found on known originals.  The author is a noted authority on the subject and has personally identified each helmet in the book.  Most of the helmets depicted are in the collection of the author. 

The subject of collecting Waffen-SS helmets is an interesting one in the sense that most people who collect these helmets are purists who are quick to judge the majority of helmets in the marketplace as "fakes."  The book is a good reference to what it might be like to join the ranks of those who consider themselves the "elite of the elite" in the helmet collecting world.  Most SS helmet collectors consider these two volumes their "definitive bible" on the subject.  The author enjoys a healthy following of beginning, intermediate, and advanced collectors who believe that sticking with a small crowd of knowledgeable SS helmet collectors is a better way to go.

Volume II is published as a softbound handbook and is only available in English.

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