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For those who collect shoulder sleeve patches and have collected the short lived Desert Subdued insignia that the US Military wore for a short period of time, you may want to reserve a copy of this new book set to come out in December.

This book will cover quite a few of the well known desert colored insignia that was worn. One of the authors Kevin is a Berlin Brigade Soldier and a friend. I expect this to be a top shelf addition to any reference library.

Below is a link to the information about his upcoming book..

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http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/274239-desert-uniforms-patches-and-insignia-of-the-us-armed-forces/

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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 11:25:54 AM »
Interesting...but at £68.99 / $92.00 cheap it ain't!!   :o
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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 07:44:34 AM »
There may not be another printed on this topic. Agree it is a little pricey but I have discovered that Schiffer books are usually priced high but are of excellent detail and quality..

Will advise when I get my copy in December..

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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2016, 07:50:09 AM »
There may not be another printed on this topic. Agree it is a little pricey but I have discovered that Schiffer books are usually priced high but are of excellent detail and quality..

Will advise when I get my copy in December..

Smitty

Thanks Leigh. I've got a bunch of Schiffer books...all lavishly illustrated hardbacks of top quality...and all top dollar!!  :o
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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2016, 07:34:36 PM »
Smitty - Al and I do appreciate you mentioning our new book "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces".   We had great support from collectors here in the US as well as in Europe in providing material for the book.  In fact images for some of the hardest to find desert uniforms came from collectors in the UK, Belgium, and Netherlands. 

Yes the book is a bit expensive, however it is nearly 400 pages and has over 1,000 mostly color photos of desert uniforms and insignia. It's already being discounted in pre-orders by some booksellers so it pays to shop around for the lowest price.  For example the Amazon price varies from one country to another in Europe.  Here is a great site that does cost comparison across multiple booksellers to show the cheapest price:  http://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/0764352067

We also have a Facebook group for the book which is also a place where collectors can post and discuss photos of desert items in their collections:  www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

Kevin
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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2016, 09:00:35 PM »
  Kevin and I have shared many pages in Military Trader and his articles on insignia are always thoroughly detailed and well presented. I am sure that the information contained in the book will be worth every penny spent for those that want to collect desert insignia. It is worth mentioning that this is sure to be a huge area of collecting in the future given the relatively short time that desert insignia was used and the multiple varieties available. Like theater made items from previous wars, these will climb in price and desirability as time goes on. Even now, many ssi from Iraq and Afghanistan are fetching decent money compared to the length of time it took for WWII ssi to appreciate in terms of similar value.

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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016, 06:58:22 AM »
I am counting the days until mine comes in the mail.. Looking forward to this book..

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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016, 02:43:32 PM »
  Kevin and I have shared many pages in Military Trader and his articles on insignia are always thoroughly detailed and well presented. I am sure that the information contained in the book will be worth every penny spent for those that want to collect desert insignia. It is worth mentioning that this is sure to be a huge area of collecting in the future given the relatively short time that desert insignia was used and the multiple varieties available. Like theater made items from previous wars, these will climb in price and desirability as time goes on. Even now, many ssi from Iraq and Afghanistan are fetching decent money compared to the length of time it took for WWII ssi to appreciate in terms of similar value.

  Scott

Scott - Your kind words are much appreciated. I always enjoy your articles in the Military Trader as well. It was actually one article I did in MT back in 2013 titled, "Battle-Tested in the Mideast; Collecting Desert Uniform Patches" that inspired our book. I've included it below.







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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016, 02:59:54 PM »
You Would have to show the Berlin Brigade Patch... Oh the torture...

Looks like it was a great article...

Smitty
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An update on the book, last week my coauthor Al and I have each received our author's advance copy of "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" in the mail. We are very excited as the book turned out even better than we expected!  Itís 344 pages over 1,100 photos and packed with information it has something for nearly everyone.  The release is on 28 December, just over a month away. The book is being sold by Amazon.com worldwide (www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067) however most major booksellers are taking pre-orders. 

For those who are collecting desert uniforms or are thinking about collecting they we encourage you to check out our Facebook page were all things desert uniform related are discussed:  www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

Here are a few preview photos from the book...





Our forward, kindly written by a legendary SF officer...



And a couple of pages from the book...




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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2016, 04:39:20 PM »
It must be great to finally see it in print  8) Congratulations to you both!
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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2016, 11:10:25 PM »
Congrats! Looks like a fine piece of work and one destined to find a place on many a collector's bookshelf!   :)
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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2016, 04:24:20 PM »
Tom, Much appreciated!  David, thanks much, it's great to finally have a copy of the book in hand, it makes all those months of work worthwhile.

For those of you in the US, Amazon has a $10 discount on all books $25 or more thru 28 Nov, which can be used when purchasing "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" Just use "HOLIDAYBOOK" at checkout under the "Gift cards & promotional codes" section to receive the $10 discount.

https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067

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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2016, 10:49:40 AM »
My copy of the book arrived on 22 December.. Will only have to wait a few more hours to open it...

Looking forward to seeing the contents of the book and will give you guys and gals a full report..

Smitty

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Re: Desert Uniforms, Patches and Insignia of the US Armed Forces Reference Book
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2016, 01:14:24 PM »
Amazon just listed our book "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" as their #1 new hot release in their Military History category!




 

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