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Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

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DR. NIGEL THOMAS is an accomplished linguist and military historian and is currently a Senior Lecturer in charge of the Business Language Unit at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organisations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He was recently awarded a PhD on the Eastern Enlargement of NATO.

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Product Details

  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 311)
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855326396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326392
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By El Cutachero on December 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This work is a splendid example of the new emphasis of the publisher on producing comprehensive works in a handy cheap format compared with the earlier broad brush treatments which covered too much in too little detail.
The new emphasis is on sets covering various national armed forces in as much detail as is available, consistent with the current purpose of the works in the series, which have evolved from an original emphasis on serving the military miniature maker market into works intended to enlighten the general reader in enough detail to satisfy the merely curious and to point the way to further reading.
Most of us, including myself, have little need for, or the patience to read, voluminous studies, often in foreign languages, covering many eras and nations. My main interest is in the US forces, their allies and their enemies in the twentieth century.
That said, these works should be purchased as presented, in sets within the series. Since they are produced as a set, the volumes cover only relevent parts of the general history and the clothing and individual equipment is covered as it appears in each period. The French Army, US Army, British Army, and Italian Army series all have three volumes, covering the major theatres and time periods of the war. The German set has five.
The German Army set should be read in conjunction with many other individual volumes covering their allies and opponents and the other German fighting forces such as the Waffen SS, and the Parachute units, which were part of the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe.
If you want an introduction to the fascinating variety of clothing and equipment of the forces covered, this set is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "pzgr_40" on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book describes and displays the various uniforms of the German Heer -- but not Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, SS or any of the various paramiltary organizations -- from pre-war (1935) to the end of the Blitzkrieg (1940) in good detail. Be warned: The book is NOT a comprehensive catalog of uniforms and heraldry and will be of pretty limited use to the militaria collector. There are 40 b&w photos and eight color plates along with four tables describing orders of dress, ranks, and insignia. The photos are a mix of action shots and posed portraits. The 24 full-color uniforms depicted in the color plates are accompanied by text describing the uniform and the equipment worn by the soldiers. Many service branches are represented from infantry and engineers to Panzertruppen to signals and Feldgendarmert ... It's a good deal of information at a great price. I recommend it to beginning scale modelers looking for inexpensive and accurate reference materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul_cheng on January 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is the first of five (so far) from the Osprey's Men-At-Arms Series on "German Army". The other four are:-
MAA 316 The German Army 1939-45 (2) North Afria & Balkans;
MAA 326 The German Army 1939-45 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43;
MAA 330 The German Army 1939-45 (4) Eastern Front 1943-45;
MAA 336 The German Army 1939-45 (5) Western Front 1943-45.
These books basically cover the German Army uniform and rank insignia of specific time and place during WW2. Each book includes 30 to 40 b/w photographs of German soldiers in different types of uniform. There are also 8 pages of colour-plates in each book depicting the uniforms in colour. Since I own all five books, I observed that the drawing skill of Stephen Andrew improving gradually over the years.
These books are by no means a comprehensive account of the uniform of the German Army during WW2. However, the contents(text, photos and colour-plates) are excellent source of reference materials for modelling enthusiasts focusing on WW2 German Army.
This review applies to all five books.
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