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HISTORY WRIT IN STEEL , German Police Markings 1900 - 1936, by L Donald Maus. *Forward by Joe Wotka the Worlds foremost authority on German police history and weapons.
*384 page full size book,.
*350 full-color illustrations (photos, maps, charts, documents).
*Easy to use Tables contain data on over 2,300 observed police markings.
*Published by Brad Simpson Publishing
*Royalties for this book will be paid directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to sponsor research to find a cure for this disease that threatens the lives of about 70,000 children and young adults worldwide.

Standard copies are hardbound and cost $89.95 plus shipping & handling. A limited edition of 200 Deluxe copies has been printed. These are signed, leather-bound, have gilded page edges and cost $150.00 plus shipping & handling. Available from Simpson LTD at http://www.simpsonltd.com/.
or telephone them at 309-342-5800.

My copy of this book arived today. About half of the book is devoted to the unit markings of the Prussian police while the remainder addresses markings of police in Bavaria, Saxony, Thüringen, Anhalt, Braunschweig, the Mecklenburgs, Oldenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Baden, Württemberg, Hessen and the territories surrendered after World War I – Alsace-Lorraine, Danzig, Memelland, Saarland and German Southwest Africa. Other law-enforcement agencies included are the Customs and Finance Administrations of Prussia, Hamburg and Danzig and the Railway and Waterways Protection Police,

“HISTORY WRIT IN STEEL” is the result of years of devoted detailed research and it opens a door into the past of German police marked pistols. Giving them a location and history will greatly increases collector interest and their collector value.

Brad Simpson Publishing did an outstanding job of printing this book with high quality paper and color photographs.

Many thanks to Donald Maus for writing and to Brad Simpson for printing this outstanding book. No German police collector should be without it. Note: parts of this review borrowed from other sources.
Jan C Still
 

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I got my copy of 'History Writ in Steel' last friday. Although police markings are not my speciality, I found it a thorougly interesting read. Seeing one of my old, now sadly deceased, pistols mentioned in it put a nice smile on my face.

I like the methodical approach, the attention to detail and the overall setup of the book. The addition of web links is a nice feature, but with the way the web is constantly changing and expanding, I personally wouldn't have bothered adding the detailed links. Since that is actually the only point of criticism I could think off, I can only conclude that it is a job well done and one that certainly raises the bar for new projects (like mine, unfortunately :) ).

As the sufferer of a chronical illness I can only applaude the fact that the proceeds of the author go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
 

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My favorite thing about the book is most of the unit marks are listed in the front part of the book with the chapter that they are covered in.That makes it very nice for fast acquisition instead of have to thumb thru it over and over looking for a certain unit mark.I am totally impressed with the amount of research that went into this book.The day I received it I looked up a few unit marks on some of my things and in minutes I knew more about these markings than I could have ever found out on my own.
Thank You for the great book Don!
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I appreciate the kind words very much. Vlim, I agree that the Internet links can be of only temporary value but hope that they will survive long enough to be useful for those who might want to carry some of this research further.
 

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I will attend the SE NAPCA Convention in Chattanooga next weekend. If anyone who is attending has a standard copy of HWIS and wants it signed, I will be very pleased to do so.
 

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450thumper, I hope you enjoy it.

My thanks to all who have bought the book, especially since a portion of your purchase price is going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to support research into finding a cure for this ulitimately fatal disease.
 

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Thai Watana Panich Press received the bronze award for overall print and production quality for the Deluxe Edition of History Writ in Steel at this year's Thai Printing Association annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to them and to Brad Simpson for his excellent choice of printers.
 

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I will be signing copies of History Writ in Steel at the Simpson Ltd. tables at the Tulsa Gun Show Nov. 14-15 and the Louisville Show Feb. 20-21. If you have already purchased a copy, bring it in and I will be happy to sign it.
 

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I will be signing copies of History Writ in Steel at the Simpson Ltd. tables at the Louisville Show Feb. 20-21. If you have already purchased a copy, bring it in and I will be happy to sign it.
 

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History Writ in Steel have my limited edition for some time now and I study it and study it. Way to much for me to learn and I anvy what I see. Guess I started to late in my life.
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Hwis

I just ordered my deluxe copy, won't get to any gun shows out west for some years. Plan on giving my standard copy to a fellow collector for Christmas. As I have written to Don, an EXCEPTIONAL piece of reference work.
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Thanks

I want to thank all who have purchased a copy of HWIS. As of the end of 2010, over $4,700 in royalties have been paid by the publisher to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to further research into a cure for this fatal disease. I, my 12-year old grandson who has CF and all my family are deeply grateful.
 

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Hi Don, Congratulations on your accomplishment, I hope 2011 will be equally successful. I think I speak for all here on the forum in saying that our hearts go out to you and your family. Best wishes, Norm
 

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Just received my copy of History Writ in Steel for Xmas , what a great reference book . I have been converted , Don Maus has opened up a whole new and fascinating field of collecting for me . Don thank you very much for such a wonderful job . kkiley
 
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