United States. The co-author expresses a sincere thanks to Billy G. for helping me secure the rare documents that served as the basis of this work. Appreciation is also expressed to the late Hermann A. Maeurer and good friend Nick McCully for introducing me to these rare, beautiful daggers. Thanks, also to Mrs. Karen Evans for her editorial assistance and final proofing of the English edition. A very special thank-you to my german co-author.

Thanks to the computer age we really felt like we were sitting side by side writing this project. We traded hundreds of emails, and transmitted scores of pictures and documents. He offered meaningful insight into every part of this study. His appreciation for the history of his country along with his great intellect and technical skills enabled him pen this vivid commentary on the Automobile Corps and its varied venues during the early 20th century. It is my wish that the readers find this work as illuminating and rewarding as it has been for us to complete.

Lastly, a final tribute is paid to my wife Cleo Diehl, who passed away  during this study.  Cleo gave her full support to every project I have ever attempted, we were always a team.

Germany. It cannot be realised with this short essay, that much time and work have been invested in it. For this reason I would like to thank all those who have helped to make this project possible. I thank the Lady who is only interested in the design, and all those who are close to me – who during my being so fully occupied refrained from drawing my attention away too much.

It is truly good that Vic Diehl took the time, in addition to his private commitments, to make the amazing fund of information and knowledge about these rare etched weapons available. It was a sheer pleasure to work with him.

Thanks to Bob Adams. He provided photos of rare weapons, he is a weapons expert who did everything he could to help us.

My thanks also go to Dr Jürgen Kraus, the author of the standard works regarding uniforms, ’’The Field-Grey Uniform of the German Forces 1907 – 1918.’’ and who enabled checking through uniform descriptions. Thanks also to Jean Varret, he gave me a deep insight into the beauty of German side weapons.

Especial thanks to Jan Piet Puype. He took the time to review everything and give valuable support/suggestions/encouragement.

The early background of the Imperial Automobile Corps is an interesting and fascinating period which  should not be left in the past. This alone has been the reason for our efforts


The German Imperial Automobile Corps and its daggers - By Vic Diehl and H.Hampe