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by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Germanische Officer Courses at Bad Tölz
Replies: 57
Views: 19603

Re: Germanische Officer Courses at Bad Tölz

I don't have information about Collard in particular, but Michael, you are probably aware that the composition of Belgian Waffen-SS units was mixed. Some men with French names considered themselves Flemish and served in the Flemish Waffen-SS, and some men with Dutch names grew up speaking French, an...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Fallschirmjäger Luftwaffe Combat Group Where? Translate Pse
Replies: 4
Views: 3627

Re: Fallschirmjäger Luftwaffe Combat Group Where? Translate Pse

The do appear to have LW eagles on their caps. They also have good weaponry, such as a MG42. This suggests they are a LW Feld Division element. Those received good weapons, as opposed to, say, a LW Festungs Bataillon, which would have to make do with older or foreign machine guns. The LW Feld Divisi...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Waffen SS Heer MP40's Whats Going On??
Replies: 3
Views: 2764

Re: Waffen SS Heer MP40's Whats Going On??

Guys would carry MP40s for assault troop actions and patrols, even if they normally carried a Kar98. They were much more manageable in those situations, which is why I suggested above that they might be associated with this sort of activity. As to the camo, if it is Waffen-SS, then the guy probably ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Review: Swedes at War
Replies: 7
Views: 3005

Re: Review: Swedes at War

I agree, it is an excellent work. I'm on friendly terms with both authors, and am inevitably a bit biased. But I think the book will surprise most readers with large amounts of highly detailed information on numerous conflicts in the era of the World Wars. Even for those primarily interested in Worl...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Former Deutch, Flamish, Danish officers in the rank of W-SS
Replies: 6
Views: 5392

Re: Former Deutch, Flamish, Danish officers in the rank of W-SS

Kryssing was asked to head the Frikorps by people close to the royal family, who expected him to counter the DNSAP influence on the unit. It turned out that Kryssing didn't have the right personality to smooth over differences between Nazis and anti-Nazis in the unit, and the Nazis did actually muti...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Former Deutch, Flamish, Danish officers in the rank of W-SS
Replies: 6
Views: 5392

Re: Former Deutch, Flamish, Danish officers in the rank of W-SS

I had a typo above, but the point was clear, I hope. The Sturmbrigade Langemarck had examples of an experienced Ustuf. commanding a company, with a newly-volunteered Hstuf. leading a platoon under him. I think plenty of older officers from most European countries were considered not good enough for ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Show Us Your Library
Replies: 72
Views: 9378

Re: Show Us Your Library

Two excellent books on the second shelf from the bottom. :D :beer: :beer: :beer: There's three excellent books if you count a tall, black one on the bottom shelf :wink: Oh, and I notice Cerebus the Aardvark (Church & State II) mixed in near the World War 2 material, I have had a set-up like that ma...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Waffen SS Heer MP40's Whats Going On??
Replies: 3
Views: 2764

Re: Waffen SS Heer MP40's Whats Going On??

It looks to me like it is all Heer guys, and the guy with camo is wearing Heer-pattern. None have a billed cap, so this is probably the summer of 1942, and the birch trees suggest northern Russia. The MP-40s might be used by a raiding party, so my best guess is that the men are either planning a rai...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Show Us Your Library
Replies: 72
Views: 9378

Re: Show Us Your Library

I wish I could show off my library, and my many rare books, but 90% of it is in boxes right now, here in the room I rent outside of New York City (I need to update my profile for this site). It took an immense amount of expense and effort to move it all from Colorado to New Jersey! BTW, I'm not the ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Devil's Guard, the real story
Replies: 3
Views: 1702

Re: Devil's Guard, the real story

Too bad, I too thought maybe it was a look behind the fiction of Elford, getting at the true story.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Feldgrau Published Authors
Topic: Feldgrau Author: Marc Rikmenspoel
Replies: 31
Views: 26152

Re: Feldgrau Author: Marc Rikmenspoel

Good news, I have now signed a contract with Helion for this book. We don't have a title yet, but it will likely be something that includes the words Wiking, Nordland and Nederland, which will make it clear that the contents will be about those units, rather than just about the Germanic volunteers t...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Feldgrau Published Authors
Topic: Feldgrau Author: Marc Rikmenspoel
Replies: 31
Views: 26152

Re: Feldgrau Author: Marc Rikmenspoel

Good news! I have a publisher who wants to publish my Germanic Waffen-SS photobook! Nothing's been signed, so I won't go into details. However, I hope to be done with my work by this summer, so a release date of the summer of 2012 could be reasonable.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Best division in the Waffen SS??
Replies: 253
Views: 80876

Re: Best division in the Waffen SS??

Grossdeutschland spent the last 6 months of the war as basically an infantry division. Most of its armor was detached to give firepower to newly-created offshoot units (PGD Brandenburg, PGD Kurmark, FGD, FBD). The GD Verbände went from one strong division to five weak ones. The core, parent, PGD GD ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Feldgrau Published Authors
Topic: Feldgrau Author: Marc Rikmenspoel
Replies: 31
Views: 26152

Re: Feldgrau Author: Marc Rikmenspoel

Thanks for the good words, Kelvin, but I think the projects you seek are coming more from Charles Trang. He is preparing a set of books about Wiking, and has another Totenkopf book on the way. This is besides the extensive coverage he has given to LAH. My specialty is the Germanics, and Waffen-SS ph...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Looking for Swiss Waffen-SS photos
Replies: 0
Views: 1479

Looking for Swiss Waffen-SS photos

I mentioned in the authors topic that I'm beginning to work on a new book. It will be a photo study of the Germanic Waffen-SS. I welcome any photographic assistance that can be provided, but I'm specifically seeking photos of Swiss Waffen-SS officers. Enlisted men would be welcome too, but most of a...