No doubt many of your have heard of the release of Wojciech Stela’s latest tome in his series, Volume 5 Part 1, devoted to the Order of the Virtuti Militari produced during the interwar period of the Polish 2nd Republic. A (hopefully) in depth study of the decoration holding the greatest interest for Polish 2nd republic militaria collectors is long overdue and much needed.
Based on the few images of the book’s contents available on the web, it seems not surprisingly to follow along the lines of his other books. Essentially images gleaned from auctions and collections accompanied by brief comments. Of course, we’re all hoping for a thorough study along the lines of that given to the Cross of Merit by Zbigniew Krotke. That effort is easily the best for any Polish decoration and sets the bar for all following collector references to meet. The VM is certainly deserving of such treatment.
I’ve ordered my copy, which seems to have taken the scenic route in its journey to my bookshelf. Ahead of diving into its pages I am interested in hearing how many of you have a copy and your thoughts. Does it live up to expectations? What new information did you find most interesting? Overall are pleased, or disappointed?