World War II German Field Weapons and Equipment

World War II German Field Weapons and Equipment

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Helion & Company Limited

ISBN: 1909384445

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 635

This title is the first in a series that employs a simple and effective concept to illustrate and describe the multiplicity of equipment and weapons systems used on the ground during World War II. Whilst many books have described such weapons and war materiel, Keith Ward's unique abilities as a 3D technical artist bring these items to life, illustrated throughout in full color. Here, in a single concise volume, are all major and many minor and less well-known items of German weaponry and equipment, rendered precisely, including detailed cutaways showing their internal workings, information which is often absent from other publications. Technical details are also provided. This is an essential volume for anyone interested in the German Armed Forces of World War II."

Imperial German Uniforms and Equipment, 1907-1918: Infantry and cavalry helmets: Pickelhaube, Shako, Tschapka, steel helmets, etc.; Infantry and cavalry uniforms: M1907

Imperial German Uniforms and Equipment, 1907-1918: Infantry and cavalry helmets: Pickelhaube, Shako, Tschapka, steel helmets, etc.; Infantry and cavalry uniforms: M1907

Author: Johan Somers

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 0764322621

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 777

This two-volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must, and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval-looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame-throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 color and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re-enactor.

German Combat Equipments 1939–45

German Combat Equipments 1939–45

Author: Gordon L. Rottman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472805287

Category: History

Page: 146

View: 476

The field equipment of the German Army in World War II was closely related to that used throughout World War I and earlier, yet it was of relatively light weight, ruggedly constructed, well designed, functional, and generally of a high quality, though this deteriorated in the later war years. A high degree of design standardisation was maintained in most categories of equipment, though materials and their colours often varied widely. There were also many different specialisations for the various arms of service as well as theatres of combat, such as the Afrikakorps in the Western Desert. This title investigates all manner of German combat equipments throughout World War II, from belt buckles to magazine pouches.

German Army Uniforms of World War II

German Army Uniforms of World War II

Author: Stephen Bull

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472838056

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 880

In the years after World War I, the defeated and much-reduced German Army developed new clothing and personal equipment that drew upon the lessons learned in the trenches. In place of the wide variety of uniforms and insignia that had been worn by the Imperial German Army, a standardized approach was followed, culminating in the uniform items introduced in the 1930s as the Nazi Party came to shape every aspect of German national life. The outbreak of war in 1939 prompted further adaptations and simplifications of uniforms and insignia, while the increasing use of camouflaged items and the accelerated pace of weapons development led to the appearance of new clothing and personal equipment. Medals and awards increased in number as the war went on, with grades being added for existing awards and new decorations introduced to reflect battlefield feats. Specialists such as mountain troops, tank crews and combat engineers were issued distinctive uniform items and kit, while the ever-expanding variety of fronts on which the German Army fought – from the North African desert to the Russian steppe – prompted the rapid development of clothing and equipment for different climates and conditions. In addition, severe shortages of raw materials and the demands of clothing and equipping an army that numbered in the millions forced the simplification of many items and the increasing use of substitute materials in their manufacture. In this fully illustrated book noted authority Dr Stephen Bull examines the German Army's wide range of uniforms, personal equipment, weapons, medals and awards, and offers a comprehensive guide to the transformation that the German Army soldier underwent In the period from September 1939 to May 1945.

Fighting Men of World War II Axis Forces

Fighting Men of World War II Axis Forces

Author: David Miller

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 078582815X

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 526

Featuring for the first time in one reference volume the structure and equipment of the German and Axis terrestrial combat units in World War II. The hardcover reference book examines the organization of each army, its rank structure and numerical groupings as a prerequisite to examining each soldier’s equipment in detail: his clothing- boots, trousers, helmet, tunic, greatcoat, camouflage, his weapons, his support items like medical kit, mess kit and rations. Each section will feature archive pictures of the soldier in the field and specially photographed artifacts, showing preserved examples of the items that he carried with him. There will be badges, medals, pennants and flags as well as other popular personal items carried by many troops like cigarette lighters, razors and postcards of loved ones, which were not standard issue but of extreme importance to each man. The book will evaluate that equipment and how it compared to that of other soldiers in other armies both on the same side and among the opposing forces and provide a complete picture of the day-to-day lives and conditions of the fighting men of all countries and an essential reference work for all military historians, collectors, modellers and interested general readers.

Horses of the German Army in World War II

Horses of the German Army in World War II

Author: Paul Louis Johnson

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 0764324217

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 352

View: 680

Volumes have been written on the equipment of the German Army of World War II, including tanks, trucks, motorcycles, weapons, and personal equipment, but little has been written on the horses that made up 80% of its transportation. Horses pulled everything an army needed in the field by wagon or on its back and more horses were used in World War II than in any other war in history. This book includes text from the U.S. Army Military History Institute publication MS #P-090. The participants of this study were among the most knowledgeable the German army could provide, and their conclusions constitute a critique of what probably was the last mass use of horses in warfare. If one really means to understand the performance and tactics of the Wehrmacht in World War II, one must understand the horse and its logistic requirements. Also, this book presents one of the most comprehensive photo collections of the men and equipment of the horse-mounted troops.

The German Soldier in World War II

The German Soldier in World War II

Author: Michael Olive

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811714617

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 630

A visual history of the German soldier on the Eastern Front of World War II. • Hundreds of photos, many of them rare and never published before • Photos of army and Waffen SS soldiers, uniforms, weapons, equipment, tanks and other vehicles, aircraft, villages, life on the front lines, and more • Perfect complement to the narrative accounts in the Stackpole Military History Series • Ideal reference for military history fans, scholars, modelers, and reenactors

German Automatic Weapons of World War II

German Automatic Weapons of World War II

Author: Robert Bruce

Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)

ISBN: 1861262698

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 214

Exceptional color photography and an authoritative text reveal the individual characteristics of the automatic weapons used by German soldiers during World War II. The weapons are depicted being field-stripped and fired by models dressed in authentic period uniforms and field equipment, effectively placing each weapon in its correct historical context. Some of the weapons profiled include: the Mauser Schnellfeuer machine pistol; MP40 sub-machine gun; MG34 machine gun; FG42/I and II paratroop assault weapons; and the StG44 assault rifle.

The Kaiser's Army

The Kaiser's Army

Author: David Stone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781844862924

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 995

In this comprehensive book, David Stone describes and analyses every aspect of the German Army as it existed under Kaiser Wilhelm II, encompassing its development and antecedents, organisation, personnel, weapons and equipment, its inherent strengths and weaknesses, and its victories and defeats as it fought on many fronts throughout World War I. The book deals in considerable detail with the origins and creation of the German army, examining the structure of power in German politics and wider society, and the nation's imperial ambitions, along with the ways in which the high command and general staff functioned in terms of strategy and tactical doctrine. The nature, background, recruitment, training and military experiences of the officers, NCOs and soldiers are examined, while personal and collective values relating to honour, loyalty and conscience are also analysed. There is also an evaluation of all aspects of army life such as conscription, discipline, rest and recuperation and medical treatment. In addition the army's operations are set in context with an overview of the army at war, covering the key actions and outcomes of major campaigns from 1914 to 1918 up to the signature of the Armistice at Compiègne. For anyone seeking a definitive reference on the German Army of the period – whether scholar, historian, serving soldier or simply a general reader – this remarkable book will prove an invaluable work.

German Infantryman (2) Eastern Front 1941–43

German Infantryman (2) Eastern Front 1941–43

Author: David Westwood

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781782005131

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 691

In this second volume examining the German infantryman before and during World War 2, post-1941 training, weapons, equipment, combat experiences and medical care are examined. The 'faceless' German soldier who struggled through bitter fighting up to and including Stalingrad retains his identity both as a human being and as a vital part of the Wehrmacht's order of battle. Containing a full array of previously unpublished photographs taken by German soldiers during the invasion of Russia this book shows in superb detail daily life and duties, the soldiers themselves, and combat action.

German Artillery of World War Two

German Artillery of World War Two

Author: Ian V. Hogg

Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal

ISBN: 185367480X

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 685

German Artillery of World War Two Hogg Complete details of German artillery used in WWII: infantry, mountain, field, heavy field, heavy, railway, anti-aircraft, anti-tank, coastal, and recoilless artillery. Official name and abbreviation, and any code name, is given for every piece, with a summary of its history and career, followed by extensive tables with technical specs, and details of performance, ammunition, projectiles, and propelling charges.