Books in Review – December 2016 Bonus

The Stories Behind the Treasures of World War II: “The Making of a Collectorholic,” by Bill Shea (ISBN: 978-1-4951-8360-7, Ruptured Duck Publications, 51 Morgan Road, Hubbardston, MA 01452; 978.928.4495,; Hardcover, 9-3/8” x 12-3/8”, 360 pages, 600 color and … More »

The Yser Medal and Cross

by John Norris Awarded for defending the Yser River in 1914 After four years of war, the Belgian army instituted a new award n October 18 1918, known as the Yser (pronounced “EEZ-air”) Medal. It was created to commemorate the … More »

Collecting at the Front

By Harold Ratzburg A German’s attempt to retain souvenirs during WWII Old soldiers usually have one or two good stories to tell. Over a beer or two, one older, ex-German Army soldier told me quite a tale to tell about … More »

Snapshots – December 2016

“Snapshots” acknowledges that period photos can  be the best form of primary information for collectors. Military Trader welcomes photo submissions from its readers of any soldiers displaying interesting uniforms, equipment, medals, or insignia. Send photos with a brief description to: Military … More »

Fake Alert!

MILITARY MERIT CROSS, MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN, 2nd CLASS These reproduction medals are coming out of Germany and sold as “originality unknown” on eBay with an opening bid of .99. The telltale signs that these are not original are imperfections revealing that the medals are … More »

The American Sun Helmet

by Peter Suciu Revealing the British Connection During the 19th century, many nations followed Britain’s lead in developing special “sun” or “pith” helmets for use in tropical stations and during the summer months. The British sun helmet was born in … More »


by Chris William Nazi Germany’s “death head” The Totenkopf (death’s head) was one of the most readily recognized symbols of the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS), Adolf Hitler’s elite black guard and ideal Teutonic knighthood, along with other select Germanic political and … More »

Third Reich Border Security

by Bruce Kipp Grenzaufsichtsdienst Identification Card The Third Reich’s Customs Service (Zoll) had two major departments: The Customs Border Protection Service (Zollgrenzschutz) and Customs Service (Zolldienst). Both were part of the Reich Finance Administration (Reichsfinanzverwaltung) under the Reich Ministry of … More »

Books in Brief – December 2016

Soviet and Mujahideen Uniforms, Clothing, and Equipment in the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989, by Zammis Schein.  (ISBN 9780764351150, Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310; 610-593-1777; Hardcover, 8.5” x 11”, 320 pages, 551 color and black-and-white images, 2016, … More »