Snapshots – December 2016

“Snapshots” acknowledges that period photos can  be the best form of primary information for collectors. Military Trader welcomes photo submissions from its readers of any soldiers displaying interesting uniforms, equipment, medals, or insignia. Send photos with a brief description to: Military … More »

Fake Alert!

MILITARY MERIT CROSS, MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN, 2nd CLASS These reproduction medals are coming out of Germany and sold as “originality unknown” on eBay with an opening bid of .99. The telltale signs that these are not original are imperfections revealing that the medals are … More »

Militaria Spotlight: Third Reich Border Security cards

by Bruce Kipp Grenzaufsichtsdienst Identification Card The Third Reich’s Customs Service (Zoll) had two major departments: The Customs Border Protection Service (Zollgrenzschutz) and Customs Service (Zolldienst). Both were part of the Reich Finance Administration (Reichsfinanzverwaltung) under the Reich Ministry of … More »

Books in Brief – December 2016

Soviet and Mujahideen Uniforms, Clothing, and Equipment in the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989, by Zammis Schein.  (ISBN 9780764351150, Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310; 610-593-1777; www.schifferbooks.com. Hardcover, 8.5” x 11”, 320 pages, 551 color and black-and-white images, 2016, … More »

10 Questions with James McDuff

10 Questions about ASMIC and Insignia Collecting   We are all in this together. In an effort to report on the state of different facets of the military collectibles market, Military Trader strives to discover and share the opinions of … More »