Review : Jan Meland’s German Helmets 1916 – 1945

234 pages – Hardcover

About the Author

I know the author from the online forums for more than 14 years. He made it his trademark to source helmets out of the Norwegian woodwork. On regular basis we are treated with topics on his new finds on the German Helmet Walhalla forum. In 2014 he published his first book showcasing his Norwegian finds. With this new book he takes it a step further and goes into detail about the specifics of the German helmet.

Book Review

The book starts with a very nicely detailed chapter on the first German steel helmets as used during World War 1 and moves on to what we collectors call the Transitional helmets , First World war helmets re-used in the Third Reich period.

Gladiator style helmets and the Medium weight Edelstahl helmets are only touched upon briefly and then it moves on full speed ahead to the German combat helmet models. Of each model (M35 , M40 and M42) we get chapters with nice examples of each branch of service (Heer, Luftwafe , Polizei , Kriegsmarine and SS). Helmets shown are from the author’s collection or from friends.

Also the for the first time published is the correlation between leather size stamps and liner band makers

After those chapters the book dives deeper into the specifics , these are my favorite pages especially because there are so many photos that can be used as a visual aid. We get to see the many different shell stamps , learn about the liner band and all its components. The chinstrap maker section is probably the largest brought together to date. I counted more than 90 photos ! Also the for the first time published is the correlation between leather size stamps and liner band makers. This study was done by 2 Italian collectors Andrea and Marco. The decals are up next and get a detailed breakdown by type and branch. The decal photos are really superb.

There’s an excellent chapter on reissued helmets and camo helmets

The above is just a review of the first half of the book and there is much more. There’s an excellent chapter on reissued helmets and camo helmets including winter camo helmets , wire camo’s and net camo helmets of which most were found in Norway. Even Wehrmacht and SS cloth covers are shown in detail. The final chapter of the book is about Fallschirmjäger helmets.

The photos in the book are of very high quality

Conclusion

This book is a must have for anyone interested in German combat helmets of the second World war be it as collector or history buff. The photos in the book are of very high quality and every chapter is supported by period photos as well.

How to order ?

This is a self published book so first editions may sell out fast. You can order it directly from the author via this e-mail : janmeland@hotmail.com

8 thoughts on “Review : Jan Meland’s German Helmets 1916 – 1945

  1. Jan August 7, 2020 / 10:33 am

    Got my copy some two days ago,must have for every helmet collector

  2. Senschu August 7, 2020 / 11:16 am

    Thank you for the review I have e mailed Jan accordingly
    Senschu

  3. pascal rosseeuw August 7, 2020 / 8:17 pm

    Mag ik vragen van welk land het boek komt? En eventueel de prijs, mvg

    • schwerpunkt73 August 7, 2020 / 8:58 pm

      Check dit best met de auteur , prijs is uiteraard verzending inclusief en dat verschilt van land tot land. Maar de prijs is zeer redelijk ik betaalde 62 euro. Kwamen nog douane kosten bij.
      Het boek is uitgegeven in Noorwegen.

      • rudy de voogt August 8, 2020 / 7:41 pm

        ik verwacht mijn boek maandag 10/8 en betaalde 72 euro all in

  4. sysyphus August 8, 2020 / 12:38 am

    Great and very detailed work !

  5. Michael Onuffer August 8, 2020 / 5:03 am

    What is the price ?

    • schwerpunkt73 August 8, 2020 / 9:14 am

      Best contact the author via the email address provided as shipping costs differ depending on country.

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