A revealing illustrated history of German army uniforms from the Franco-Prussian war, to today’s Bundeswehr – the army of a country reunited in 1991. 800 photographs portray the changing look of the German soldier. This book traces the evolution of the German Army uniform from 1870 to the present day, using nearly 800 photographs to offer the reader an unparalleled analysis. Each image is accompanied by a detailed caption, explaining interesting aspects of the soldier’s uniform, insignia and equipment.
It begins with the German Empire at its height, with the iconic spiked Pickelhaube and the colonial troops in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and moves on to the field-grey uniforms of the First World War. After 1918, the uniforms of the Reichswehr and the Freikorps are detailed, and then those of the revived Wehrmacht up to the end of the Second World War. The post-war years saw the establishment of the Bundeswehr in the West and East Germany’s Nationalen Volksarmee, facing each other across the border of a divided Germany, before reunification in 1991.
No other country’s army has undergone such changes in the past century-and-a-half, and this book provides a unique visual record of those changes.
Introduction to Part 1: The Kaiser’s Army 1870-1919
1. The German Empire 1871-1914
2. Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops
3. World War One 1914-1918
Introduction to Part 2: German’s Armies, 1919 to 2013
4. Revolution and the Weimar Republic 1919-1933
5. The Third Reich and World War Two 1933-1945
6. Nationalen Volksarmee 1946-1991
7. Der Bundesheer 1946-2013
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