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Uniforms of the German Soldier (Hardback)

An Illustrated History from 1870 to the Present Day

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By Alejandro M.de Quesada
Frontline Books
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781848326934
Published: 16th September 2013

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This book traces the evolution of the German Army uniform from 1870 to the present day, using nearly 800 photographs to offer the reader an unparalleled analysis. Each image is accompanied by a detailed caption, explaining interesting aspects of the soldier's uniform, insignia and equipment.

It begins with the German Empire at its height, with the iconic spiked Pickelhaube and the colonial troops in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and moves on to the field-grey uniforms of the First World War. After 1918, the uniforms of the Reichswehr and the Freikorps are detailed, and then those of the revived Wehrmacht up to the end of the Second World War. The post-war years saw the establishment of the Bundeswehr in the West and East Germany's Nationalen Volksarmee, facing each other across the border of a divided Germany, before reunification in 1991.

No other country's army has undergone such changes in the past century-and-a-half, and this book provides a unique visual record of those changes.

The rich comments and well researched information provided in the captions testify to the author’s deep knowledge on the subject and his meticulous methods of work. I highly recommend this book for modelers, historians and collectors with serious interest in the subject.

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Collecting German uniforms is a well-established hobby and interest for many militaria collectors. Although the Third Reich period is particularly popular many others collect Imperial German uniforms whilst the post-war German uniforms receive less attention than those for pre-1945.



The book has over 800 photographs which offer an unparalleled analysis. Every image has a detailed caption explaining the pertinent aspects of each soldier’s uniform, insignia and equipment.

 Concluding with a consideration of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan which was the largest deployment of German troops since 1945.



It is a well written volume with ample images which make it a very interesting book to read. It certainly achieves the goal of documenting German Army uniforms from 1870 to the present day and it is bound to become a standard reference book on this topic. Finally the author deserves a “Well done!”. 



Military Archive Research

Nearly 800 photographs to offer the reader an unparalleled analysis. No other country's army has undergone such changes in the past century-and-a-half, and this book provides a unique visual record of those changes.

OCAD Militaria Collectors Resources

Every picture is accompanied by a thorough caption that describes the uniform with its medals and insignia. This coffee table book is a must for any World War II aficionado who has a keen interest in this aspect of military history.

Military Heritage

An extraordinary photo-history of German Army uniforms, regalia and equipment.

Military Book Club (USA)

About Alejandro M.de Quesada

ALEJANDRO M. DE QUESADA is the author of The Men of Fort Foster, Eickhorn Export Edged Weapons and Distant Thunder. A Fellow of The Company of Military Historians, he serves as Historian for the 7th Coast Guard Auxiliary District. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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