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REFERENCE BOOKS 

  In many ways the most important asset a collector can draw on is not his pocketbook but his library. 

Good reference material is essential to identifying and understanding the history and significance of the items in your collection. Whether you have original pieces or reproductions, learning the history of  what you have is one of the most enjoyable aspects of collecting. We have assembled a small group of what we feel are the best sources of information in print. All books are soft cover except where noted.

Heitai
Uniforms, Equipment and Personal Items of the Japanese Infantryman 1939-45
By Agustin Saiz

Once the seemingly invincible conquerors of nearly all of East Asia, today relatively little is known of the exact weapons, uniforms, and lifestyle of World War II Japanese soldiers (the Heitai). In this lavishly illustrated book, readers and historians alike can finally glimpse the precise personal effects of the Imperial infantryman.

Thanks to a collection carefully nurtured through the decades, every aspect of the Heitai’s daily existence is shown in detail with superb color photography accompanied by informative descriptions. Items range from weapons to clothing (both tropical and arctic), eating implements, communications equipment, awards, helmets, insignia, visual devices, gas masks, canteens, cameras, tents and footwear. Also included are propaganda leaflets and simple reading material issued to the Heitai during long, slow periods of service on isolated (sometimes bypassed) Pacific islands.

By examining the exact possessions of a Japanese soldier—from dagger to toothbrush, from hand grenade to undergarments—one is able to see history come to life in a way no cinema or text alone could convey. At the same time, it is of interest to note both the differences between an Imperial fighter’s equipment with that of a GI, and how in many ways it was similar.

As a companion volume to the bestselling Deutsche Soldaten, this over-sized, one-of-a-kind work on the Imperial Heitai provides a uniquely illuminating view of the Japanese fighting man who was once America’s most fearsome enemy.

9 x 12, 480 pages, hardbound, full color photos throughout.

AMB001....$94.95

 

SHEPERD PAINE The Life and Work of a Master Military Modeler and Historian
by Jim DeRogatis

Sheperd Paine has done more than anyone to elevate modeling to an art form. Building and painting miniature figures, armor, aircraft and ships with equal skill, Shep Paine created incredibly detailed and masterfully rendered vignettes and dioramas. This is the first book to examine all of his remarkable work, cataloging it with more than 700 beautiful color photos and charting in an interesting conversational format the life experiences that formed these remarkable creations.

9 X 12, over 700 color & b & w images, 272p, hard cover

SCH001....$79.95

     It is with great sadness that I can tell you that my good friend Shep Paine passed away on August 1st, 2015.
While we can no longer offer signed copies of this wonderful record of his life and work we will continue to make it available in his memory.
    
 

Decorations, Medals, Ribbons & Insignia of the U.S. Marine Corps WWII to Present.
Complete and easy guide to USMC Military Medals & Decorations with award criteria. Over 30 full color plates including common foreign & UN medals. Precedence of wearing for ribbon bars & devices. Identification, Skill & specialty badges, rank insignia, history.  124 p softbound

BKS062....$24.95

U.S. MILITARY MEDALS: 1939-Present
by Frank Foster and Lawrence Borts. 
An important guide not only to the history of US medals and decorations, but also to the proper way of wearing them. Each branch of service has its own customs and regulations, and this book sets forth the correct protocol for each of them. Illustrated in color and black and white. 

BKS115....$24.95

A Complete Guide to U.S. Navy Medals, Badges & Insignia.
Complete and easy guide to US Navy Military Medals & Decorations with award criteria. Over 30 full color plates including common foreign & UN medals. Precedence of wearing for ribbon bars & devices. Identification, Skill & specialty badges, rank insignia, history.  144 pages softbound.

BKS088....$24.95

 

 

SS HELMETS 
by Major Kelly Hicks.
An in-depth study of SS steel helmets, both in the field and on parade. This book documents the various types of helmets used between 1933 and 1945 and describes the different insignia and finishes found on them.  In short, a very good reference book, on a classic collector’s subject. 

                          BKS012.....$19.95


SS HELMETS, Volume II
by Major Kelly Hicks.
A continuation of the first volume. Like its predecessor, it features detail photos of interiors, markings, etc. Again, a very good reference book, on a classic collector’s subject 



                        BKS056.....$29.95


Combat Helmets of the Third Reich

A Study in Photographs 
by Thomas Kibler

This comprehensive study covers the full range of combat helmets of the Wehrmacht & Waffen SS, featuring detail photos of 44 helmets featured in full color close-ups of decals, liners, rivets, chinstraps & buckles, interior markings & stamps, as well as comparison photos of M35, M40 & M42 versions. Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Police & Waffen SS versions are all illustrated in multiple views and close-ups. 

96 pages, 338 color & 40 period photos, soft cover
BKS119....$19.95
No Longer Available


Combat Helmets of the Third Reich Vol II

Heer & Luftwaffe A Study in Photographs 
by Thomas Kibler & Robert Iqbal

This second expanded volume covers 31 different WWII combat helmets. With hundreds of new full color photographs of decals, liners, rivets, chinstraps & buckles, and maker marks. Transitional, 1935, 1940, 1942, Paratrooper & Camo helmets are included in 63 detail photos of every known type of standard & variant decals.



120 pages, 307 color & 34 historical photos soft cover

BKS151....$29.95


F.W. ASSMANN & SOHNE INSIGNIA CATALOG

A reprint of the catalog of this famous maker of Third Reich insignia, providing a wealth of information on the identification and use of hundreds of items produced by this firm. Cap and uniform insignia, dagger hanger hardware, buttons and other items are shown for the armed forces, SS, and Nazi party organizations.

BKS014....$39.95


KNIGHT'S CROSS WITH OAKLEAVES RECIPIENTS
. 1941-45  Gordon Williamson, ill.  by Ramiro Bujeiro  64 pages, 8 pages of color plates & photos. This volume describes and illustrates a selection of recipients of the Knight’s Cross & Oak-Leaves between 1941 and early 1945, when the Wehrmacht was engaged on all fronts as well as at sea and in the air.

RMP010....$17.95

KNIGHT'S CROSS, OAKLEAVES & SWORDS RECIPIENTS 1941-45. Gordon Williamson, illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro.  64 pages, 8 pages of color plates & photos. This volume describes and illustrates a selection of the 159 recipients of the Knight’s Cross & Oak-Leaves and Swords between 1941 and early 1945 when the Wehrmacht was engaged on all fronts as well as at sea and in the air.

RMP008....$17.95

KNIGHT'S CROSS WITH DIAMONDS RECIPIENTS 1941-45.  Gordon Williamson, illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro.  64 pages, 8 pages of color plates & photos. This volume describes and illustrates all 28 recipients of the Knight’s Cross with Diamonds from fighter aces and U-Boat commanders to the youngest generals and field marshals in command of army groups.

RMP009....$17.95

   

 


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