The Imperial German Regimental Marking [Revised Edition] by Jeff Noll.
1998, published by Jeff Noll; PO Box 7184; Ventura, California, 93006
Imperial German Regimental Markings is just under 200 pages long with a nicely bound 8 ½ by 11 format. This is an excellent text on decoding Imperial Regimental markings. The book has four important parts. First is a valuable tutorial by Jeff Noll on the regimental standards for marking, variations from the regulation standard, and sound advice in decoding the markings. These comments appear in the first two chapters and the last with occasional observations throughout the text. Second there is a 34 page listing of regimental markings in alphabetical order. Third is a 39 page list of observed markings with input from a number of outstanding collections. And fourth is a 34 page index of major German Unit Organizations. This allows the user to link a regimental marking to a division the regiment served with. Mr. Noll shares Klaus Schad’s view that you must consider the unit structure and history when resolving an ambiguous marking. Any of these four sections is worth the price of the book.
The book has no photographs but is well illustrated with the art of D Steglitz, that also appears often in Jan Still’s texts. This is a revision of an earlier list that Jeff Noll published and he points out some of his earlier mistakes and invite scholarly criticism of any errors in this version. I should also note that the bibliography is excellent and will assist in locating additional references.
I think, used in conjunction with Gortz and Bryans' German Small Arms Markings, this text will go far in educating the collector and perhaps preventing a pricey mistake. But even beyond that, Jeff Noll’s Imperial German Regimental Markings is an entertaining read for any Imperial German Military collector.