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When you want to start collecting Militaria, you will encounter many fakes and you will be scr...ed sometimes ending up with junk.

There is not much you can do about it.... Many people have left the hobby, because there are so much reproductions.
I don't mind buying repro's from time to time as a sort of "replacement" until I find the real deal, the only thing I do hate is when repro's are being offered  (and sold for the same prices) as real stuff. 

Most of the stuff I have is original, but no doubt there are fake items that I don't know about.... Maybe it is even better I don't find out :-)

There is no way you can avoid this, the only tip I can give is this: LITERATURE !!!!!!

Studying pictures of real equipment is the only way to recognise fakes and copys, and even then it is very hard !! so try to get your hands on as many books as you can.

On this page you will find the books I use. Some are invaluable, some are just nice for the pictures.

I never have done reviews of books in my entire life, so I will not start now. I'll just give an idea if I like it or not.


 

 

 

Title:

German Combat Equipment 1939-1945

Writer:

Jean-Philippe Borg

Publisher:

Histoire & Collections

ISBN number:

978-2-35250-304-0

Year:

2014

What I think:

If you are new to German equipment : buy this one !, If you are an advanced collector: buy this one !

This book from my good friend J-P Borg is an absolute must !! (and not just because my name is mentioned in the book at the acknowledgements :) ) It describes the basics of German Equipment throughout the war, illustrated by colour pictures of the items, and black and white pictures of the soldiers wearing them.

I also see this book as a tribute to Laurent Huart, a dear friend who passed away too soon !!!

 

 

 

Title:

Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 Vol. 1

Writer:

John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht

Publisher:

R. James Bender Publishing

ISBN number:

0-912138-30-0

Year: 

1984

What I think:

Volume 1 is about Uniforms.

They are out of print I believe, so they are a little bit difficult to find. 


Pictures are in black and white.

 

 

 

 

Title:

Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 Vol. 2

Writer:

John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht

Publisher:

R. James Bender Publishing

ISBN number:

0-912138-34-3

Year: 

1986

What I think:

This Part is about Insignia, Badges, and Armbands

They are out of print I believe, so they are a little bit difficult to find. 


Pictures are in black and white.

 

 

 

 

Title:

Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 Vol. 3

Writer:

John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht

Publisher:

R. James Bender Publishing

ISBN number:

0-912138-37-8

Year: 

1987

What I think:

Part 3 is about equipment and weapons. Almost every piece of german equipment is described in this book so this is an absolute must, try to get one of these !!

They are out of print I believe, so they are a little bit difficult to find. 


Pictures are in black and white.

 

 

Title:

German Army Uniforms of World War II in Colour Photographs

Writer:

Wade Krawczyk

Publisher:

Windrow & Greene Ltd. - London

ISBN number:

1-85915-052-7

Year: 

1995

What I think:

A lot of colour photo's of german uniforms and equipment In my humble opinion also a very nice addition.

 

 

 

Title:

German Combat Equipments 1939-45

Writer / Illustrator:

Gordon Rottman / Ron Volsrad

Publisher:

Osprey Publishing (Men-at-Arms 234)

ISBN number:

0-85045-952-4

Year: 

1991

What I think:

Basic information about german equipment with colour illustrations of Ron Volstad. A very good and inexpensive start to see what the equipment looked like with some basic information.  

 

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