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The Armed Forces of World War II: Uniforms, Insignia & Organisation Hardcover – Import, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwich Editions (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862883504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862883508
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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This large and lavishly illustrated volume is amazingly comprehensive. It's just what the title says -- a guide to uniforms and insignia (but not weapons or equipment, except incidentally), and to the Order of Battle of each of the nations that took part in the war, on both sides. It's sort of the thing one would expect from Osprey, only much more so. The book's organization is chronological, then geographical: First, the status of the belligerents at the beginning in 1939, then the Mediterranean theater, the Eastern Front, northwest Europe and the invasion, and then the Pacific. Nations that were involved in more than one theater, like Britain and the U.S., are covered more than once, with attention being given in each case to distinctive uniforms (tropical, cold-weather, etc). Within each of those chapters are sections on army, air force, navy, and special units. The color illustrations, of which there are more than 360, are obviously based on photos, some of specific individuals (Goring was the only Reichsmarschall, after all) but most of anonymous officers and enlisted men. And there are numerous photographs, too, which, like the artwork, include detailed explanatory captions. The illustrations of insignia, of all ranks and grades (of which there are more than fifty), are custom graphics for the book and are very detailed. The accompanying text through the whole volume is likewise detailed, describing the many ways a military force can be organized (there were huge differences between the way the Western allies, the Soviets, and the Japanese and the Chinese did things) and the changes in size of the forces in each theater over time.Read more ›
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