on 3 May 2002
I have a number of Robin Lumsdens previous books on the subject of Third Reich militaria, but I feel that this particular book is an invaluable guide to the truly vast amount of medals and decorations that were issued in Hitler's Germany. The book as described in the title concentrates only on medals and decorations, and the information provided will benefit both people with an interest in Third Reich military history and award collectors alike.
The book includes Imperial and state awards 1914-1933, Freikorps awards 1919-1933, military, political and civil awards, ribbons, cases and packets, award citations, maker marks and designer marks. I found the details given on projected decorations very interesting, as was the information on how awards were won. Possible the best thing about the book is the fact that all of the photographs are of original awards and decorations, and they are all in colour. In cases where a photopgraph of an original piece was unavailable, line drawings or surviving plates from wartime archives have been used to illistrate the designs.
If you are looking for a book that gives an in depth description of what determines an original award from a reproduction then maybe this isn't for you. There is a section that does tackle this subject but its not the main focus of the book. I feel that all the information provided is well presented and very informative. This book will certainly compliment any other books that you might already have on Third Reich decorations, and if it happens to be your first and only book on the subject then it's a very good place to start.