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German Mountain Troops 1942-45, By Yves Beraud, Casemate Illustrated

Another Casemate Illustrated addition to my library is this second 128-page book on the German Mountain Troops from 1942-1945. The author, Yves Beraud, is certain to become a favorite. He is the author of the original treatise which has been translated and published in two parts. The French language original, published in 2017 by Editions Memorabilia, is Gebirgstruppen: Les troupes de montagne allemandes 1935-1945 en coleurs.

It is a softcover book with glossy heavy stock for the covers and nice weight semi-matte paper within. This allows for a high reproduction quality so the limitations one finds are with the photograph itself. A nice feature of the covers is that both are extended and folded over allowing them to be used as a bookmark to hold one's pot during reading or for that photograph one needs.

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As one can see, the Table of Contents actually starts in 1942, and ends with the Gebirgstruppen's efforts in the West in 1945.
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Unlike other Casemate Illustrated books, this one doesn't offer any color profiles at all. Instead, a large percentage of the photographs and artwork are in full color.
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The text, translated by Alan McKay, is quite readable and the captions are accurate when cross-referencing to other books on the subject.
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The book rounds up with a list of sources used as well as an index. The second volume was worth the wait.
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