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    • FOR SALE

    I have three volumes of this series for sale. These were created in the 1980s for use by NATO. Each of these rare volumes illustrates virtually EVERY military and civilian decoration and award in use during the Cold War for one or more Warsaw Pact countries. Many of these awards are unknown to even most advanced collectors or military historians. Such a compilation of decorations simply does not exist in any other single document or book. This is a chance for you to own a piece of history and, for collectors of militaria, an unparalleled documentary resource. These phots are a sample of how the color plates look. Each volume consists of a plastic-covered four ring binder with full color illustrated plates (along with a number of text pages) covering the decorations and badges used by members of the Warsaw Pact. Vol 1 covers the DDR (with over 170 color plates); Vol 2 covers the USSR and Czechoslovakia (with over 130 color plates); Vol 3 covers Poland (with over 115 color plates). Language is German but the color plates are largely self-explanatory. However, detailed explanations of each decoration or badge illustrated is provided on the back of each page for those who can read German. Cost per volume of your choice is $120 (US) + postage. Within the US, postage will be $8. Unfortunately, due to the weight of these volumes (thick and heavy paper); postage will be "about" $76 per volume to mail to Europe. If you are interested, please let me know and I will calculate your actual postage cost before your commit yourself! If you are in Europe, you will have to pay me via Paypal and I must charge you an extra 5% to pay that fee. Please email me at: randallstewart@comcast.net



    • FOR SALE

    An incredible and never to be seen again set of Jordanian Army shoulder epaulets and sleeve patches from the 1960s. Actual US Army attache' identification files from the Amman Embassy incorporating original authentic Jordanian military cloth insignia. Each patch and shoulder epaulet has been glued to a 14 1/2 x 9 inch file folder (2); although the glue has come loose on some patches due to age. Other than dried glue on the reverse, each patch/insignia is in excellent, unfaded condition. The identification of every patch is hand written below its glue mounting on the folder. Offerings include the shoulder patch for the King's Bodyguard, Royal Guards Regiment, Military Police, Pilot Wings and 23 other units, military schools and services. A truly one-of-a-kind collection opportunity for militaria collectors and/or historians of the Middle East during the height of the Cold War. This insignia is currently on sale on ebay at: https://www.ebay.com/itm/293540084310 While I have listed a for sale price as a place holder - actual sale price will be the ebay sale price. I will mail to Europe. Please note: I have a large set of United Arab Republic insignias and shoulderboards from the 1960s; also from Army attache' files. Anyone interested in seeing images of this collection can contact me at: randallstewart@comcast.net



    • FOR SALE

    Colleagues: I am proud to announce the publication of my new book: 50 Years Under the Red Star: The Definitive Guide to Soviet Soldier, Sailor and Airman Caps from WW2 to 1991. With 372-pages in full color, this hard-cover 8 1/2 x 11 book illustrates, describes and provides the history of EVERY model and style of furazhka and beskozirka worn by conscripts, extended servicemen and officers over this time period; as well as every version of cap cockade and emblem worn on those caps. To this end, the book contains over 800 photographs, scans and illustrations. While it does not cover general officers’ caps per se; I do compare and illustrate certain features of such caps in order to differentiate them from more junior officers. If interested, or to find out more about the book and see sample pages; please go to my website: randallstewart@comcast.net. I have also added 82 new caps and a couple dozen uniform items to my sales pages – also available off the above website. Please contact me for postage cost if you are outside the US. Price would be $75 (or equivalent) + actual postage ($5 in within US).


  4. Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the availability of the expanded second edition of my book: “Soviet Uniform Visor Cap Markings.” This book remains in 6”x9” full color paperback format but now has 135 pages (vice 1st Edition 93 pages); enabling coverage of additional manufacturers and inclusion of more and higher resolution images. Anyone wanting to own a copy can either order it by contacting me directly at randallstewart@comcast.net or through Amazon.com or one of its European counterparts (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and Amazon.es). Price from me is $27.99 with free delivery via media mail within the US; or actual postage cost out-of-country. You can see additional information and pictures from inside the book on my site at: http://www.undertheredstar.com/Book.html
  5. Friends and colleagues: It is with pleasure I announce my new book: Soviet Uniform Visor Cap Markings; which documents the different manufacturers’ labels and interior markings used by Soviet industry on military and civilian uniform visor caps of the Cold War period (1945-1991). Sourcing original Soviet documentation and reflecting personal observation of hundreds of caps, this book provides the first comprehensive illustration of such markings in any language. Examples of all markings are pictured, Russian/Ukrainian text and abbreviations are explained and a full English translation of each provided. Histories of the primary headdress manufacturers, along with known dates of use for each manufacturer’s label/stamp variant are also recorded. Since interior markings are often heavily worn and largely illegible, this book will help collectors date and fully identify the origin of their caps. And because interior markings serve as a primary means of determining cap authenticity, the reader can more readily detect fakes and reproductions. Anyone wanting to own a copy of this unique 93-page, 6 x 9 inch format, paperback book can either order it from my website: www.undertheredstar.com or purchase it directly from Amazon.com or one of its European counterparts (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and Amazon.es). Cost is $24.99 or its national equivalent. Samples of interior pages can also be seen on my website.
  6. I agree with Mathomhaus - I've handled hundreds of Soviet era caps including many purchased directly from Soviet uniform clothing stores and the strips were often (but not always) inserted at the cap factory (these sometimes had a "check-mark" or initials by an inspector as well). However, they were easily lost or removed and don't indicate anything (date, location, etc) by themselves. Interesting that some folks reportedly used these for sizing purposes - I assumed they were just for protecting the forehead from the "pointy bits" of the cockades pinned through the band. BTW: I am new to this club and look forward to discussing Soviet uniform topics with members. I intend this year to work on a book on Soviet visor caps based on my website: www.undertheredstar.com and may seek some of your help in clearing up some points before putting them to paper.
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