I have been a little offline this week with work. Had to fire a Project Manager Tuesday, had the National GM and Sales Manager come to town to sort out another issue and a number of deals came through.....so the daily Feldgrau ritual has not been met this week for me.
So firstly the book details:
Kampfgruppe Knaust in Wehrkreis VI consisted of 4 Panzergrenadier Kompanien and 1 Panzer-Kompanie. The men and armoured vehicles for the Panzer-Kompanie came from Panzer-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 11 which was based in Bielefeld. One of the soldiers who was in this company was Karl-Heinz Kaebel (Kracht). During the time in which he served in this company he had the opportunity to take many photographs. This book is the history of the Kampfgruppe Knaust using these photographs as a foundation. After Karl-Heinz Kaebel (Kracht) finished his training he went with his unit to Arnhem and was involved in the battle on the eastern side for the Rijn bridge. As soon as the bridge was in German hands again the Kampfgruppe went to Elst, in the Betuwe, to try and stop the Allied advance to Arnhem. Enclosed in each book a full colour reprint of 'Sonderausgabe Nr 3, stand 1940; 40 West, Arnhem (map 52 x 40 cm) as produced by the German Army Headquarters. This is a beautifully produced history, notable not only for the superb and very rare photographs but also for the erudite text which provides a complete account of this unit's famous actions
One thing I have learnt from this process is that the Authors concentrate on the content of the book (rightly so) but they do not think too much of what needs to be done post-publishing. Living in Australia it means it is easy for people in this country to get a copy of the book becuase I have 90 in my possession. Same with Europe as this is where the book was published. I think Mad Dog makes a valid point about the need for a distrbutor in the US. I am sure there are a number of forum members and avid researchers, militray history buffs etc who would like a copy. To buy a copy from Europe/Australia is costly from a postage perspective because the book is HC and 1.216kgs.
I will email the publisher to see what progress has been made on this front. I know he has been having chats with book dealers etc in both the US/Canada but dont know where it is up to.
Regarding Amazon.....the book is available on the UK Amazon site. Automatically I think the US site picks up the information located in the UK and then states "limited availability or out of stock". I think this is a bit confussing for the consumer. What is for certain that the book is available form the following places that I am aware of:
- Museum Bookshop
Bookshop - Meijer & Siegers, Oosterbeek
Myself in Australia.
Lastly want to acknowledge the people that helped and contributed to the book. Forum members such as John Moore and Martin Block (to only name a couple - there are more) really helped deliver a successful outcome with the book. So Thanks to all that helped!!!
I will keep everyone updated as more places come online. I am happy to offer a discount to forum members. This will help to reduce costs especially if shipping to US etc.