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Unless, of course, the author is also the publisher.Mark C. Yerger wrote:
Authors do not decide the cost of a book. Likewise, few authors determine which photo is done large, which is done small.
Hi Frederick!Frederick L Clemens wrote:
I have heard cases where collectors calling themselves authors have duped people into contributing items, never to be seen again.
Or other cases where authors have received contributions and then published them with little to no credit for the contributors.
Not to forget, many have paid good money for the items in question and are reluctant to let a stranger profit from them. I
I'm not Mark, but I thought I'd toss in my two cents. There are a LOT of SS related photos out there. However, they are quite expensive in general, so people tend to be a little more aggressive in how they are released. In some cases, it may be that the individual in question has a small collection, or knows someone who does. They then allow said writer to use them, even though they may or may not actually own the rights to them.Nate wrote:
How often do you find that when a book description says "many new photos not in print before" is actually a true statement.
I agree in general, but there is a group in the middle ground. Those who don't have a problem, necessarily, with offering access to their material, but perhaps do not want elements of it published. Who knows.Mark C. Yerger wrote:If you horde material and simply wish to keep it for others to never see, you're a collector and not a researcher.
I don't know about your first point. I know plenty of militaria collectors that have immense interests in history. But there are those types of blokes, yes.Mark C. Yerger wrote:
I'm speaking outside the collector of militaria area since few of them have any history interest, being concerned mostly with originality and value alone.
As a hobby reader, the complete lack of book in English on Japanese topics overall is frustrating and covers a VAST unexplored area.
Well, we're also talking Japan here. A nation that barely acknowledges the war outside of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I suspect some of the Japanese only languaged works are highly suspect, to say the least. I have read a few books about Japanese aviation written by Japanese authors (and in a few cases the vets themselves). Some of the details are either blatantly overlooked or outright falsified in some cases (usually in regards to kill claims). Of course, it's not like that is limited to the Japanese.Mark C. Yerger wrote:
The biggest, and unexplaned, frustration on Japanese is the great material available in Japanese language books that nobody releases in English.
...Which unit?infantryscout wrote:I am writing my own regimental history.
...Don't agree here. Such info can be most valuable if you want to know when somebody joined. And if you know when somebody joined, you have (for example) a clue about which actions they took part in. It also tells you, together with his NSDAP nr., if somebody joined as a pre-war volunteer or perhaps as a late-war concript. Promotions tell you if someone had a quick career or slow and (again for example) if you compare this with the promotions of his comrades you can determine if he was perhaps appointed in a certain position because he was the best available or the only one left (due to kills or other transfers/promotions). In short: the info that can be found through such "trivia" is endless, if combined in the right way.infantryscout wrote:However, I just do not get the fetish where some people are fascinated by things like on what date an officer was promoted to obergruppenstandartenjunkerfuhrer or what his NSDAP party number was? Sheesh what trivia!!!!!
...Even with such questions the NSDAP-nr. and promotions are most important, if combined with the other results of research in the right way.infantryscout wrote:God forbid there should be something in there on why he joined the SS instead of the army!!!
...Shouldn't that be Sturmmann?However, we do know when when Peiper made Sturman!