BOOK – L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 – DIDIER LAINÉ.
Long before I discovered Jim Turinetti’s wonderful Imperial German headdress guidebooks, I relied on this excellent reference work that was published in 1984. I thumbed through it so often that its binding (many books weak points) required extensive repairs. As I type this description, my battered copy rests on my desk, looking as if IT went through a World War! [I know one collector who pulled Lainé’s book apart, enclosed all of its pages into plastic covers, and inserted them into a binder. I have considered doing so a time or two, but my dear wife Melissa grabs the book periodically and mends it until I bang it up again].
What L’ Armee Allemande en 1914 offers is a full layout of each German Army unit (Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, and all supporting units). It does not cover Navy units such as the See-Bataillone. Below is a listing of what you’ll find with each unit:
1). The unit’s formal name, including the royalty part of the designation AND the regimental number.
2). The year the unit was formed, where it was garrisoned, and the Armeekorps to which it was assigned.
3). The State kokarde, wappen, prewar uniform color, and prewar schirmmütze.
4. The prewar uniform’s buttons, shoulder boards, collar litzen and sleeve litzen.
I personally found it a huge help in identifying schirmmützen and shoulder boards. While MY copy of Lainé’s book has suffered from weakness in its binding, the copy that we are offering today is in near-mint condition. Careful handling on your part will reward you with years of enjoyment and aid in your research. This is a consignment item.