The G.I. Collector's Guide - U.S. Army Service Forces Catalog, European Theater of Operations. Vol #2
As the book title states this book is directed to the collector of U.S. Army Service Forces gear, focusing on the European Theater of Operations (ETO). The book is volume #2 of the series.
You will find everything that was used by the Gi's while in Europe! The book is divided into 24 sections with an Abbreviations section, as well as an Index.
The introduction starts by naming every unit in the ETO, including not only the infantry units but the Mountain, Airborne and Armored divisions in the ETO. The book starts with collectibles from the Wartime Draft, continues with Training Camps, and insignia, and continues with individual equipment, souvenirs of battle, and even the Chaplains' equipment. The book is a cornucopia of information for the collector and anyone interested in the equipment used by the ETO ground forces. Other items included in the book are the GI's personal items, trophies, and POW items, going all the way through homecoming and discharge. Each page is full of photos of items related to the ETO. The photos are clear and sharp and the descriptions are concise and to the point. For this reason alone, the book would be of great interest to WW2 figure, vignette and diorama modelers.
Although I am not a collector of war memorabilia, I found this book unique, informative and captivating. Once I started looking at the book, I could not put it down I enjoyed the book very much and wish I had Volume #1 to compare the material content. I have to believe that Vol.#1 must be as good as Vol#2 and for that reason I will recommend the book to anyone that is interested in the equipment used by the GI's in the ETO.
I would like to thank Casemate Publishers for the opportunity of reviewing this offering.