About the Book
Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich is a detailed, heavily illustrated reference book containing relevant historical exposition on many of the personal, organizational and commemorative spoons of the 3rd Reich period from 1933 to 1945. These spoons, unlike most other collectibles from this period, were actually owned and used daily by the people and organizations of those times. The book includes many spoon types, for example: Hitler’s personal silverware, Red Cross, SS, the U-47 etc. With over 200 photos / graphics and over 19,000 words of text, the book extensively explores the relevant historical highlights which in turn illuminate this unique period in history as reflected by the spoons. These spoons are history that you can hold in your hand and were once in the hands of the German history makers of the 3rd Reich era. As the years pass, the 3rd Reich era will move from the monster of history to just plain history as did the Napoleonic era and like Napoleon collectibles, there is increasing interest in acquiring 3rd Reich collectibles, although understandably relatively modest in our lifetime. Thus, this book should be of interest to the collector and educational for the casual reader of history.
James A. Yannes was born in 1935. A U.S. Army veteran and an engineer by training with a companion degree in psychology, he spent 34 years in the private sector, mostly in the international arena having lived in both Tehran, Iran and Athens Greece. He has been interested in the history of the Second World War and in particular the German decision to initiate a World War with such limited resources in both men or material. The German mental aspect is particularly of interest and, surprisingly, is exhibited in their spoons.