Uniforms and Accoutrements Reference Books
Uniforms of the Royal Marines
Who has not thrilled to the sight and sound on television as the Band of The Royal Marines march and countermarch on the quay of some foreign port while Queen Elizabeth and her guests look on from the Royal Yacht Britannia? Particularly as the band strikes up the first notes of the Regimental March A life on the Ocean Wave.
Charles C. Stadden has illustrated this book with thirty two splendid paintings depicting the development of Royal Marines' uniforms from the flamboyant dress worn when the Corps was raised in 1664 to present day combat dress.
The accompanying text by George and Christopher Newark, assisted by Major Alastair Donald RM, traces the history of the Royal Marines from its first action afloat, through service in all four corners of the globe to their current role in the Joint Rapid Deployment Force.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~8-5/8" by ~12" (portrait); ~3/4" thick; 137 pages with many colorful illustrations, no tears or folds; binding fully intact. Book and dust-jacket are in fine to very-fine condition.
German Army Uniforms
The first edition of this now classic work truly broke new ground. It was the first reference work supported by full photographic evidence to cover in detail every aspect of the military uniforms, insignia, and accoutrements of the German Army during the Third Reich. Twenty years on, it remains the standard work on the subject, now with extra notes and corrections to errors that have come to light since its first publication.
With the inauguration of the Wehrmacht-Heer in 1935, the new Reich was careful to incorporate much of the tradition - including the uniforms and insignia - of the earlier Imperial German Armies that had won glory and renown at Sadowa, Sedan and Tannenberg. The military costume adapted during the ensuing years by sophisticated designers was instrumental in fashioning a fighting force that at its height held Europe from the gates of Moscow to the English Channel.
The 460 individual photographs and drawings illustrating this volume are unique most have never before been published - and show both the issue uniforms and the nonstandard variations set against a background of authentic service conditions. The search for the photographs led the author into formerly untouched archives where the value of the illustrations, often showing equipment in use in circumstances sometimes not previously known or proven, was not hitherto appreciated.
This work is acclaimed as providing the first serious basis, founded on original research, for the study of an essential aspect of uniform history. The uniforms detailed and illustrated are those of the regular German Army, the Wehrmacht-Heer; the various National Socialist para-military formations and political organizations that were not part of the regular army are not directly included.
The book comprises three main sections: Rank and Rank Insignia lays a basis for the succeeding parts of the book by explaining the rank hierarchy of the German Army, and extensive tables are provided by which a comparison may be drawn between the German ranks and their Allied equivalents. The roles of administration officials, the Wehrmachtbeamten, are also explained thoroughly. A detailed explanation of the Waffenfarben - the 'arm of service colour' and the secondary Neberfarben by which various service branches could be distinguished is also provided, together with a list of the various insignia worn by units on their shoulder straps.
Badges and Insignia covers all the distinctive badges issued to the German troops, including trade and specialist badges, proficiency badges, 'traditional' unit emblems and cuff-titles. The multi-hued sidearm knots, the troddel and faustriemen, are also explained in detail and so too are the various armbands.
Uniform discusses all the more basic items of the equipment, including head-dress, tunics, trousers, shirts, greatcoats, cloaks, camouflage material, footwear and sports equipment. The reference appendices include a summary of the soldier's personal equipment and weapons, and extensive English-German and German-English glossaries. The work is completed by a comprehensive bibliography.
Many years of research went into the preparation of this book. The author is well known through his many publications and articles as the world's foremost authority on Third Reich military costume. For German Army Uniforms and Insignia he had access to official papers, army orders and clothing regulations; the result is a volume that remains the most complete and authoritative work on the subject ever published.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~7-3/8" by ~9-7/8" (portrait); ~3/4" thick; 224 pages; no tears or folds in pages; binding fully intact; very-light shelf-scuffing and wear. Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise fine to very-fine "UNUSED" condition.
Uniforms of the Panzer Troops,
In recent years a number of books concerning our military past have appeared. Almost all areas of unit formation and war history have been covered. Scarcely a military theme since World War I has been omitted - with one exception. On uniforms, a very basic theme of military life, there is little literature in German. Several treatments have included the uniforms of the Reichswehr, those of the Wehrmacht and the uniform history of the Bundeswehr. In the USA, Great Britain and France, on the other hand, there is much on the subject. With the series "German Uniforms of the 20th Century", this gap in German literature is now filled.
We begin with the uniforms of the panzer troops. The limitation of one service arm per volume, but covering the time from World War I to the present, is especially fascinating. In this manner, lines of development in the uniforming of one type of unit, or breaks in the tradition, are easy to see. Such relationships are made clear to the reader in this new information on uniforms, with the emphasis on pictorial presentation. Unpublished illustrations of collection pieces and contemporary photographic material with clear references to people and times, are outstanding elements of these books.
I should like to thank the following gentlemen, whose help contributed to the existence of this book: Norbert Kannapin, Jurgen Huss, Gottfried Ingold, Werner Stangenberg and Gerhard Rudloff. I am also indebted to the Streitkrafteamt, Nachwuchsverbund Section.
Garbsen, Summer 1989
Hard-back book measures roughly ~6-1/4" by ~9-3/8" (portrait); ~1/2" thick; 126 woderfully illustrated pages; no tears or folds in pages; binding fully intact; very-light shelf-scuffing and wear. Book is in otherwise very-good condition.
NOTE: No dust-jacket.
Uniforms of the Soviet Union, 1918-1945
For the first time a photographic study of the Soviet uniforms from the Revolution, Civil War, Purges, and the Great Patriotic War. Over 740 full color highly detailed photographs of actual uniforms are combined with nearly 100 period black and white photographs. Actual uniforms of Marshals of the Soviet Union, to private soldiers of all service arms, are to be found in this extensive volume.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~9-1/4" by ~12-1/4" (portrait); ~1" thick; 272 pages with ~840 wonderful color and black-and-white plates, no tears or folds; binding fully intact. Book and dust-jacket are in fine to very-fine "UNUSED" condition.
Arms and Uniforms
This book - PART II in the ARMS and UNIFORMS series - continues the in-depth study of uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars. The volume covers the "French Garde Imperiale, the armies of the German Duchies, Switzerland, Italy, Spain. Poland, Austria, and Russia.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~8" by ~9-7/8" (portrait); ~3/4" thick; 156 wonderfully illustrated pages; no tears or folds; binding fully intact; light shelf-scuffing and wear. Book is in otherwise good to very-good condition.
Uniforms of the
The book includes a historical introduction describing the campaigns and causes of the Revolutionary Wars, including Bonaparte's expedition to the Orient; another section describes the military organization of the period, with changes and innovations resulting from experience or expediency; and another the development of military uniforms from the pipe-clayed manikins of the eighteenth century, through the ragged, barefoot conscripts of Republican France, to the Napoleonic styles evolving around the turn of the century. There follow sixty four colour and six black-and-white plates, with extensive supporting text, describing more than 150 uniforms of some twenty three armies, including those of such little-known campaigns such as Kosciusko's revolt, the counter-revolution in the Vendee, and the '98' in Ireland. The uniforms range from the scarecrow volunteers and immaculate regulars of the French army of 1792-93, through the kaleidoscopic uniforms of the French in Egypt (including the exotic camel-corps), to the varied dress of 'émigré' regiments formed of political refugees and mercenaries, and including a number of 'irregular' corps - volunteers, militia and national guard - which symbolize the concept of 'national' armies established by the Revolution.
Soft-bound book measures roughly ~7-1/2" by ~9-3/4" (portrait); ~1/2" thick; 148 with numerous illustrations; no tears or folds; binding fully intact; very-light shelf-scuffing and wear. Book is in otherwise very-good to fine condition.
Uniforms of Trafalgar
Although there have been many accounts of the battle of Trafalgar, biographies of the great Nelson himself and descriptions of life in the navy at that time there has not, until this book, been a survey of the uniforms worn by officers and men in the three combatant navies - Britain, France and Spain.
John Fabb and Jack Cassin-Scott first set the uniforms in the context of life aboard a fighting ship during the Napoleonic wars - a severely disciplined, often brutal existence punctuated by battles, like Trafalgar, of terrifying bloodiness.
They go on to describe the uniforms, rank by rank and nation by nation, from the splendor of the admiral in full dress, through each rank in full dress and undress versions until, at the bottom of the scale we find the starkly functional clothing of the ordinary seaman.
Particular care has been taken to present uniforms from original sources and Dress Regulations and, where appropriate, to show back views - so often neglected yet of much interest to, for example modellers. In addition there is information on swords and decorations. In all cases the illustrations have been taken from contemporary sources.
John Fabb and Jack Cassin-Scott have both been involved in military costume history for many years. Among their many publications are Victorian and Edwardian Navy from old photographs, Victorian and Edwardian Army from old photographs and Uniforms of the Napoleonic Era.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~7-5/8" by ~10-1/8" (portrait); ~1/2" thick; 96 pages, 4 color plates, 89 black and white photographs; no tears or folds; binding fully intact; light to moderate shelf-scuffing and wear (mainly to dust-jacket). Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise good to very-good condition.
Uniforms of the World
Uniforms of the World spans more than 200 years of the development of military costume - from the earliest standing armies to the eve of World War II. It is a classic work of uniform history that has been known for nearly a century in its German edition and is now available in English for the first time.
Originally published in 1896, this work was the first book to present the history of uniforms of all the armies of Europe - from Albania to Turkey. Thoroughly revised and enlarged in 1937, it now includes the influence of World War I, the United States military forces, and the armies of South America and Asia, and the uniforms of the world's navies and air forces.
Uniforms of the World is the only reference book of its kind, giving complete information on uniforms in both war and peace - including the armies of Louis XIV, Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Wellington, and the Crimean War. Of special value is the large section devoted to the many, and often neglected, states of pre-unified Germany.
The developments of world history in the past few decades have shown the necessity for a work such as this. Just as the study of costume forms an important part of cultural history, so the study of uniforms is an essential part of military history and a valuable branch of the study of armies. Hence, Uniforms of the World presents a knowledge of the history of uniforms important for artists and writers, for the theater and films, and, more generally, for those who wish to portray visually the events of history, particularly modelers.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~7-1/8" by ~10-1/4" (portrait); ~1-3/8" thick; 483 pages, 1600 illustrations; no tears or folds; binding fully intact; light shelf-scuffing and wear (mainly to dust-jacket). Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise very-good condition.
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