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German Insignia of World War II

German Insignia of World War II

by Chris Bishop and Adam Warner

Illustrated with hundreds of color and black and white photographs, this book is the definitive guide to the symbols, both military and civilian, of the the Third Reich, which served to inspire Germany’s war effort in World War II.

Only 3 Iron Crosses for this book since it was a very misleading title. German Insignia should be changed to Third Reich or Nazi German Insignia of WW2. This book features tons of material on the Nazi insignia, but barely touches anything on the Wehrmacht. Unfortunately like most picture books it is a poor for reference use since it does not cover every piece of insignia. More for the novice or average WW2 reader. It does have some good points with colorful, wonderful pictures and nice amount of information.

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Eastern Front: The Unpublished Photographs 1941-1945

Eastern Front: The Unpublished Photographs 1941-1945

by Will Fowler

After securing the rights to this amazing Ukrainian state photo archive, the author traveled to Kiev with a translator, a bodyguard and several thousand used American dollar bills, the negotiated cost for the collection. According to Fowler, the risk of carrying that kind of cash – or 15 years’ salary to the average Kiev worker – through a city with a staggering crime rate was well worth it. This photographic record of the war on the Eastern Front is composed entirely of imagery taken and captioned by Red Army photographers. None of the images have previously been seen in the West. The result, which offers the perspectives of Soviet soldiers, as well as those of ordinary men, women and children, is a visually stunning account covering every aspect of one of history’s bloodiest chapters and the epic battles waged in Stalingrad, Kursk, Kharkov, and Leningrad. Almost 30 million people died during the course of the four years of conflict during World War II. In the aftermath, the whole of Poland, European Russia, and Germany lay in ruins as a result of the fighting.

3 Iron Crosses only for this book due to the amount of Russian photos versus German photos. It is overwhelmingly a book for the Russian photo collector versus the German. Beyond that there is nothing to special about the information. Good for Eastern Front and some WW II readers.

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Album of the Damned: Snapshots From the Third Reich – Awful Garbage!

Album of the Damned: Snapshots From the Third Reich

by Paul Garson

The nearly 400 WWII photographs in this book were taken primarily by German soldiers; some by civilians; some by professionals embedded with the troops.

Consequently, many of them depict everyday life: jobs, weddings, dinners, musical and other social events—men and women at work and play as well as at war, a war that nearly consumed Europe.

The author acquired these photographs from some fifteen countries during a five-year research effort, reviewing more than 100,000 images from which he made his selection. He bid in auctions against museums and private collectors to create a WWII photo history unlike perhaps any other.

This book deserves one Iron Cross. I will give it 2 due to many people reading WW2 material never have seen pictures such as these from the personal collections of average German soldiers. But this book is all about trashing the reputation of the average German soldier and police officer. This book mostly features pictures of German Heer (Army) and the Ordnungspolizei (Unifomed Police) in their daily routines. No pictures of the SS camp guards or Einsatzgruppen SS units which did most of the killing of Jews, etc. Of course the Army and Waffen-SS did some killing initially on the Eastern Front, but large protests from German generals to Hitler made this come to an end. The Einsatzgruppen SS units did their dirty work once all the Wehrmacht units have moved on to the front lines.

The author will caption the pictures with awful titles (not all titles) then with mistaken and at times demeaning descriptions in which he does admit to this being only his opinion. From Cradle to Grave showing a picture of a baby wearing his dads officers cap, Trained for Pain, Calf Killers, Heartless Hunters showing a picture of German Army motorcyclists, Murder Practice, The Murder at the Desk showing Germans working in an office, etc.  The pictures will show the ordinary soldiers life at play while not in combat, and the soldiers will be demeaned.  Every 2-3 pages then he has a reading section that constantly reminds us of the Holocaust so the reader with consider every German soldier as being guilty. This is typical, pro-Jewish, pro-Holocaust guilter material to demean every German citizen of the Third Reich. This book has taken on good reviews from the Rolling Stone, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, etc. This trash would never sell or be welcomed to good reviews in Germany.

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Blitzkrieg: The Unpublished Photographs 1939-1942

by Ian Baxter

A collection of photos from the early war years covering the German Wehrmacht. The book is full of mistakes in the captions. Please beware and don’t confuse the mistaken facts. As of late, many of the books on the subject are coming from modern authors of the last 10-15 years. In the last 12 books I have covered and read this year (July- 2018), five are from British authors and full of mistakes. Not sure what is happening in Britain, but they need to get the facts better. 

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Blitzkrieg 1940

Blitzkrieg 1940

by Ward Rutherford

Recounts the incredible six-week sweep by the Germans through Holland, Belgium, and France in the spring of 1940, illustrated with photographs and maps of the various battles.

Very nicely written book and well laid out with complete, detailed information on the campaign. 

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