Uniforms of the German Soldier: An Illustrated History from 1870 to the Present Day
Alejandro M. de Quesada
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"Originally a two volume exercise, "Uniforms of the German Soldier" has been recast as a single large format book by Frontline and I have to say it is as lavish as it is beautiful. Building up a collection of images like this takes more than just time and it is so impressive I am little lost for words, for once."
---Mark Barnes for War History Online
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.
"This is what a quality reference book should look and feel like. It’s a hefty bit of kit and I do like that in a book; none of your flimsy nonsense for me. I want books I can put legs on to make a table and this one has definitely got potential. Ten out of ten."
---Mark Barnes for War History Online
He is armed with the Model 1898a Bayonet. A bayonet is affixed with a bayonet knot, or portepee, bearing the distinctive colors of one of the companies of his regiment Above right. A trooper of the Gardes du Corps in court gala dress. The ceremonial duties of the Gardes du Corps were restricted to specially selected officers, NCOs and troopers of the Leib-Kompanie and the Trumpet Corps. Special uniforms were required for these duties. The sailor is from the SMS Vineta, and is wearing the
colors was worn on the field cap’s band Above right. While stationed in Germany, members of the Schutztruppe would wear a stone-grey Waffenrock or Uniform Tunic made of wool, commonly referred to as the Heimatuniformen or Home Uniform. Note the colored cuffs and collar as well as the Guard’s lace. The Uniform Tunic was intended for parades, walking out, and for all ceremonial occasions Right. A close-up of an NCO wearing the Waffenrock. Note the silver litzen around the collar
the unification of the various German states into the German Empire (1871–1918). Seeking recognition of equal status from Great Britain, France, Russia and Spain–the states that comprised “old Europe”–the new German Reich was characterized by a rising surge of patriotism, as can be seen in the creation of organizations such as the Pan-German League, the Colonial League and the Navy League. Powerful industrialists such as Krupp began to wield considerable influence with the German imperial
officer and men of the 20th Infantry Regiment wearing the service cap used with the walking-out 1921 Pattern Service Uniform. Note the use of the state cockade over the wreathed national cockade Above. Members of the Reichswehr wearing the Model 1921 Service Uniform. The six-button tunic consisted of two breast pockets and two slash pockets with flaps on the front skirt Below. An enlisted man wearing the lightweight twill-cotton version of his Model 1921 Service Uniform. He is using it
mentioned previously, are worn on the service uniforms and greatcoats. A national cockade bearing the colors of black, red, and yellow is worn on the front of the Russian-style service cap. The black leather belt and boots appear to be the only things that are of German origin Left. The Nationalen Volksarmee (NVA) came into existence on 19 January 1956 and adopted a whole new appearance. Their most distinctive item was the Model 1956 Steel Helmet that was based on the wartime experimental