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Hi Tom,Tom wrote:Panzermahn, if you still want them, I recommend http://www.merriam-press.com/
Ray has a good selection of them on CD.
You're welcome, Helmut!Helmut Von Moltke wrote:btw, thanks Tom, nice site.
Hi Ray,merriampress wrote:Heard about this thread last month by my email was totally screwed up so unable to register with Feldgrau until today. Anyway, thought I'd better add my two cents to this thread since I have known Richard since the early 70s and have at times helped him with publishing his magazine, Siegrunen (issues #30 through #46 or 47 were produced and printed with my assistance, and were printed in quantities of 500 per issue).
Yes, he is still alive and producing material though at a slower pace. In recent years I have been helping Richard reprint some of his older material that has been out of print, such as his work on French volunteers in the Waffen-SS (which has been expanded with many more photos) and three others. These are now being published in quality paperback and hardcover (with dust jacket) editions. These and the currently available back issues of Siegrunen can be seen at my web site (go to the home page and then click on the Waffen-SS link on the left hand side).
Many of the earliest issues of SR are completely sold out and have been for years. The earliest issues were printed in very small quantities (sometimes 100 or so) just to fill the orders he had for them at the time. For a while I was selling photocopies of those issues but no longer (stupidly I sold my originals years ago when I stopped producing my own books using a photocopier - it was just too much work and cost a fortune for copier maintenance).
More recent issues are available as PDF files which can be printed out and if done on a good quality laser printer they will be as good as the originals in many cases and for some maybe even better. Some issues are still available in the original printed versions but many of the back issues are in short supply.
Richard plans to reissue some of this older material in book format with my help. And some of his books that are currently out of print will be reprinted through me. Currently I am working on two of these, one for the British Free Corps and one a pictorial, Frontfighters, about the Norwegian volunteer legion.
He is still publishing Siegrunen, but is down to two issues a year because of rising costs and lack of sales. He is considering stopping publication of the magazine to concentrate on the books, which are (understandably) more lurcrative than the magazine.
He is still in Oregon, though has moved after selling his book store in the 1980s (the town was becoming "hippie" central for the area). He doesn't have a web site, hence I have been selling his books through my web site, while he continues to sell by mail.
Unfortunately, if this is required I do have to charge for it - 25 cents per page. The reason is that I scan each page as a high quality TIFF file and then combine those into a single PDF file. As a result, each page prints out as if it were a full page image and these can take a couple of minutes per page or more. In addition to the time factor, perhaps an hour to print a single issue, there is the cost of the materials - paper and toner - plus the cost of electricity [I learned a few months ago when switching from printing all my books on my own laser printer to having them done by an outside printer that now that I use my laser printer for just a few minutes a day, my electric bill has been cut in half - I never realized how much juice the beast - one of those huge LJ 8100 32ppm office jobs - sucked up!].Helmut Von Moltke wrote:thanks for the extra info Merriam! May I ask, is it possible to lets say.... ask you to print out the PDF file after someone pays, or does it have extra charge?
Thanks, Tom! I'll return the favor by saying if you need maps done for a book or article, contact Tom. Does excellent work and terrific to work with. Samples are at his web site, including the map he did for one of the articles to be included in the second issue of World War II Journal (which is produced only as a PDF file sold on CD disc - the disc is FILLED to the brim with articles, photos and more.Tom wrote:Welcome, Ray!! Glad to see you here!
Thanks for the update on Mr. Landwehr, that's interesting.
Folks, if you need good reference material, you need to visit Ray's site. There is a wealth of knowledge there.