The First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards: An Illustrated and Descriptive History

The First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards: An Illustrated and Descriptive HistoryThe First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards: An Illustrated and Descriptive History by Cyril Mazansky
ISBN: 0764347594
Published by Schiffer Publishing on March 28, 2015
Genres: Collectibles
Pages: 208

This impressive volume is the product of thirty years of cartophilic collecting by the author, in the category of warfare and the Great War specifically. Some cards with WW1 subjects were published after the war, but the vast majority of the cards in the book were published during the war as inserts in packs of cigarettes or as trade cards with biscuits and other non-tobacco products. Most are British-produced cards but some German language sets are included.

Mazansky notes that the tobacco companies were motivated by both patriotism and profit, and almost all cards served a propaganda purpose. Some of the images include well-known photos and illustrations that appeared in newspapers and books, including battle scenes and incidents where a soldier earned the Victoria Cross. The front of the cards shows the image and title with descriptive text on the opposite side.

This is a well-organized book with chapters on monarchs, political and military leaders, war scenes, weapons and equipment, uniforms, army life, the home front, and war humor.

A real pleasure to examine again and again.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1918

United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1918United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1918 by Noel C. Shirley
ISBN: 9780764311796
Published by Schiffer Publishing on 2000
Genres: Aviation, Illustrated, Military, United States, World War I
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: A richly illustrated book contains the statistical product of exhaustive research on the organization, personalities, bases and equipment of early American naval aviation. Noel is a member of The Great War Society and the League of WWI Aviation Historians, as well as a frequent speaker at WFA seminars.

Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War

Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World WarWilling Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War by Robert J. Dalessandro, Gerald Torrence
ISBN: 0764332333
Published by Schiffer Publishing on April 1st 2009
Genres: History, Military, General, African American Studies
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Treats the organization, combat history of black troops including two infantry division, services of supply and special troops of the US Army in WWI.

The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I: Volume I: A Chronology, 1910-1917

The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I: Volume I: A Chronology, 1910-1917The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I: Volume I: A Chronology, 1910-1917 by August G. Blume
ISBN: 9780764333514
Published by Schiffer Publishing on June 1st 2010
Genres: Aviation, General, Military, Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Pages: 334

Len's Summary: Solidly researched by a premier aviation historian. (Volume one of two.)

Flamethrower Troops of World War I: The Central and Allied Powers

Flamethrower Troops of World War I: The Central and Allied PowersFlamethrower Troops of World War I: The Central and Allied Powers by Thomas Wictor
ISBN: 9780764335266
Published by Schiffer Publishing on September 28th 2010
Genres: History, Military, General, World War I
Pages: 171

Len's Summary: Technical data on flamethrowers used by both sides in The Great War.

Imperial Russian Field Uniforms and Equipment 1907-1917

Imperial Russian Field Uniforms and Equipment 1907-1917Imperial Russian Field Uniforms and Equipment 1907-1917 by Johan Somers
ISBN: 9780764335228
Published by Schiffer Publishing on July 28th 2010
Genres: History, Military, General, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Illustrated, World War I
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: Another in a growing number of volumes on WWI uniforms and equipment from Schiffer.

American Lions: The 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I

American Lions: The 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War IAmerican Lions: The 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I ISBN: 9780764335181
Published by Schiffer Publishing on July 28th 2010
Genres: History, Military, General, World War I, United States
Pages: 253

The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I, Volume I, A Chronology, 1910-1917 and Volume II, Victories, Losses and Awards

The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I, Volume I, A Chronology, 1910-1917 and Volume II, Victories, Losses and AwardsThe Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I, Volume I, A Chronology, 1910-1917 and Volume II, Victories, Losses and Awards by August G. Blume
ISBN: 0764333526
Published by Schiffer Publishing on June 1st 2010
Genres: Aviation, Military, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, World War I
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: The late Augie Bloom’s final book in a long career of a distinguished aviation historian.

In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923

In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923 by Alexander Barnes
ISBN: 9780764337611
Published by Schiffer Publishing on July 28th 2011
Genres: History, Military, General, Pictorial, United States, Germany
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: Heavily illustrated popular history of the brief US occupation of the Rhineland as compared to British and other occupiers.

German Assault Troops of World War I: Organization Tactics Weapons Equipment Orders of Battle Uniforms

German Assault Troops of World War I: Organization Tactics Weapons Equipment Orders of Battle UniformsGerman Assault Troops of World War I: Organization Tactics Weapons Equipment Orders of Battle Uniforms by Thomas Wictor
ISBN: 9780764340369
Published by Schiffer Publishing on April 28th 2012
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Pictorial
Pages: 339

Len's Summary: Much information presented herein is gleaned from German archives not previously published in English; profusely illustrated with period photos. .

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces 1918-1919

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces 1918-1919Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces 1918-1919 by H. Ross Ford
ISBN: 9780764340444
Published by Schiffer Publishing on April 28th 2012
Genres: History, Military, General, Illustrated
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: Many of these distinguishing unit markings are still in use today.

Field Grey Uniforms of the Imperial German Army, 1907-1918

Field Grey Uniforms of the Imperial German Army, 1907-1918Field Grey Uniforms of the Imperial German Army, 1907-1918 by Michael Baldwin, Malcolm Fisher
ISBN: 0764340336
Published by Schiffer Publishing on May 1st 2012
Genres: History, Military, General, Illustrated, Germany
Pages: 271

Len's Summary: The book presents profuse illustrations and reflects Schiffer’s usual attention to detail; for the collector of uniforms.