AI4FR Virtual Militaria Items Tour 

German Items


On the left is a book titled Soldatenglaube - Soldatenehre or Soldier Beliefs - Soldier Honor. The author is Matthes Ziegler. This hard cover book was published by the SS Publishing House Nordland Verlag in Berlin in 1940 and has 74 pages. It measures in at 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Inside the book there is a subtitle that translates as follows "A German Summary for Hitler Soldiers”. The content of this book leaves absolutely no doubt about the desires of the Waffen SS and Wehrmacht troops. It stresses the superiority of the German forces and the need for them to win the war.

On the right is a book titled GEBIRGSJÄGER AUF KRETA or Mountain infantry to Crete. This book is about the conquest of the island Crete in the southeastern part of Europe which was the final battle in this campaign which started in Romania and went through Serbia(Yugoslavia) and through Greece in 1941. It was published by order of the Gebirgsdivision Ringel (Mountain Division) and printed from the Wilhelm Limpert Verlag in Berlin, Germany. The island was first attacked and mainly conquered by the Nazi Luftwaffe and Fallschirmjäger(paratrooper) units but, according to this book, it was the Gebirgsjäger who was the backbone of the German troops who defended Crete from being conquered back by the British Army.




On the left is a book titled Mit Rommel in der Wuste or With Rommel in the desert. This book is written by Wilhelm Wessel and has a copyright date of 1943. It was published by Bildgut-Verlag Essen. It is about 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches and includes a dust jacket. The book has numerous sketches with nearly the entire back half being all sketches.

On the right is a book titled Meine Kompanie in Polen or My Company in Poland. This is a 1940 copyright book by Deutscher Verlag, in Berlin Germany. It also has a dust jacket. Inside the book there are numerous photographs. It has 234 pages and is about 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches.




On the left is a book titled Freigemachtes grenzland or Freed Borderland. The authors are Rumler Günther and Holzmann Otto. This book was published by Nordlandverlag in Berlin in 1942. It has 240 pages with photographs showing the Nazi Police and some of their high ranking leaders. It measures in at 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches . This is a remembrance book for those who brought law and order to the conquered territories in Western Europe. The book also has 2 Forwards in the front of the book from 2 different SS men.

On the right is a book titled Fuhrertum, the title is a word that describes the power or character of a leader. It is a 1941 copyright book by E.S. Mittler & Sohn in Berlin Germany. The book has a picture of Adolf on page 5. This book contains sketches of the past leaders of Germany. It has 434 pages and is 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. This book also has some handwriting in it as well as a signature on page 1.  

On the left is a 1943 book titled, Soldatenblätter für Feier und Freizeit or Soldiers leave for celebration and Leisure. This book is by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht or Supreme Command of the Army.

On the right is a 1939 book titled Die Armee Hinter Stachel draht or The army behind barbed wire. This book is a story about the POW's in Russian captivity. In one section, on the way to Siberia, the author describes how himself and his comrades endured unimaginable physical suffering and mental anguish brought on by hunger, cold, dysentery and fever.  

On the left is a book titled Kleine Heeresgeschichte or Short Army History. This is a 1938 book written by Kurt Hesse and contains 138 pages. 

E. v. Luftwaffe uber dem Feind or Airforce and the Enemy. This book was published in Berlin by Limpert in 1941.This first edition book has a size of 8 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches and contains 268 pages and 12 black and white photographs. The pictures in the book were taken from photographs on plates. The book reports on the operations of the Luftwaffe in the early part of the Second World War. Some of the territories described in the book include Poland, Norway, Belgium, France, Paris, England and Greece.




The book on the left is titled DEUTSCHE KURZSCHRIFT ILLUSTRIERTE(DKI) or German Shorthand Illustrated. This is a rather thick WWII era instruction book for learning shorthand. They have specific lesson plans to enhance speed and accuracy using the shorthand writing technique. The instructions on learning, start at a rate of between 140 and 200 characters a minute by having someone read the text to the student. Then the student should compare their shorthand to the pictured handwriting below. Next the student is instructed to use a typewriter to translate and to test their shorthand reading speed and skill. It appears as though the text was intended to target working women of the time in order to teach them secretarial skills. Courses like this were optional for anyone, including men, and could be taken as correspondence courses as well.

The book on the right is titled Vogesen Ruinen or Castle Ruins. I believe this book to have been printed in the 1920's.  The author of this photo album book is Heinrich Hoffmann. This author may be the same Heinrich Hoffmann whom later in life turned out to be Hitler's personal photographer.  

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