As with collecting any
antique or historical artifact, it is vital that people seeking to
identify, own, and maintain a helmet collection possess reference works
and publications to aid them in their efforts. Several reference texts
have been published over the last 25 years that speak directly to the
identification of various military headgear. Some of these works only
touch on the German helmet, while others are written exclusively on the
Many collectors, both novice
and advanced, ask which book or series of publications is the "best
source" for an all inclusive look at the German helmet.
Unfortunately, there are few books that encompass the entire subject
matter from beginning to end. Many publications are now long out of
print and are either totally unavailable or very expensive to acquire.
Some books on the subject have actually become collectors items
themselves! Others, while interesting and well written, actually
include false or inaccurate information regarding these helmets. Some
books even sport photographs of reproduction helmets that were
mistakenly identified as original. While some readers are more than
eager to criticize a given author, it is to be naturally assumed that
any book with errors (photographic or otherwise) was written at a time
when information was less available. It is certainly true that
many of the books written on this subject were done so when detection
techniques for counterfeit helmets was less known or practiced.
The following list is a
brief description of various publications that have focused on the
German helmet. Other books will be added to this list as publishers
expand their offerings. The list is not intended to be all
comprehensive, however it does represent the most notable works on the
subject and those that collectors tend to refer to the most when working
with their collections. The comments regarding each book are practical
observations based on a neutral review of each work. Information and
commentary is strictly the personal interpretation of this reviewer and
is not intended to reflect the quality, integrity, expertise, or
character of the publishers or the authors.
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