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Help me print the personal photo album of a German officer in World War I. A thousand beautiful images from the trenches to the air.
From the trenches to the air– over a thousand unseen photos in the personal photo journal of a German officer in World War I.
From the trenches to the air– over a thousand unseen photos in the personal photo journal of a German officer in World War I.
1,995 backers pledged $113,298 to help bring this project to life.

Advance copies arrived, it's a real book!


Dear friends,

On Monday twelve advance copies of Walter Koessler 1914-1918: The photo journal of a German solder in World War I arrived at my house, hot off the press. The remaining books should now be on their way to the fulfillment center, and it'll be a few weeks before they ship to all of you, but today we get to see the book fully printed.

Just like the mockup!
Just like the mockup!

I am thrilled to share this with you all. The book is really just as I've been imagining it since I saw the original two years ago, and it's a real pleasure to be able to go through it with friends. You're going to love it.

Now, with this shipment I've had the printer send me a number of extra copies. This was very expensive via airmail, but I just couldn't wait. I know some of you share that excitement with me, and I want to deliver it to a few of you. Most of these I'll be keeping for myself and family, but I'd like to send a few of you advance copies.

If you have already purchased a book and you really REALLY can't wait any longer, please send me a Kickstarter message (not a comment) letting me know why you'd like to receive a copy now. If you would write a review of the book, or can help publicize it somehow, that may give me more reason to send you a copy early.


I also received the first test copy of the ViewMaster this past week. Walter's photos really stand out in stereo, and the ViewMaster is an ideal way to view them.

It's a little hard to take a picture inside...
It's a little hard to take a picture inside...

PDF Copies

Pretty much everyone has said they'd prefer to receive the PDF copy of the book as soon as possible. I'm in the process of making this happen, and you will be receiving instructions on how to download the PDF soon.

Thanks to all of you who helped make this happen.


Michael O, Poul Wrist, and 41 more people like this update.


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      shy on November 27, 2013

      Giving this as a gift to my friend. So glad you have been able to get to this point!

    2. Heather Wakelin on November 27, 2013

      HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!

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      Lassi Heliö on November 27, 2013

      Awesome, I can't wait!

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      Helenka on November 27, 2013

      Wow they look fantastic, I can't wait for the PDF version and this is so timely, this is a present for my son who is actually creating a WW1 trench model showing the differences between the English and German trenches for his senior school (high school) History project due in next week. His history teacher has listed him as gifted and talented which I think is AP in the States and he loves History. Both he and I will pour over this book with so much excitement when it arrives. Thank you for sharing this. I just wish we could have it now. It's like Christmas morning twice this year.

    5. Cymantha Youngberg Erickson on November 27, 2013

      PS...if you make it to Napa I would love to help host a book signing....the school may be able to accomodate that venture.

    6. Cymantha Youngberg Erickson on November 27, 2013

      I have two high school students that attend New Technology High School in Napa California. I would love to introduce you to their history teacher. The foundation of the school is collaborative learning and utilizing new technologies in the process. I think your project would be inspirational to the students as well as provide a person a look at the World War experience. Your visit could teach business skills, marketing, history and new business tools for the 21st century.

      Please consider my offer even if I don't get an advanced copy. I look forward to my copy and the gift I am giving to my Dad for Christmas. Thank you for preserving this important part of history. Cymantha -Napa

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      Terry Karney on November 26, 2013

      I don't know that I want the special treatment which asking for a an advance copy is, but if no one more deserving should ask, I would be grateful.

      My grandfather served in WW1. He was with the Yankee Division, a scout/sniper. Which means, among other things, he was a company (or battalion) runner. He managed to snaffle the notice of Armistice (he was told to bring it back to HQ, and "lost it in a barrage".

      I'm a vet (Iraq) and a large part of why I supported (and wished I could have afforded to pledge at the Viewmaster level) is because I've studied the Great War; in part because he died when I was two.

      I am more than willing to review it (I was planning to blog about it). The other reason is I am a photographer. I suspect I took many photos of a similar nature to those in the book.

      I am so glad to hear that you are happy with the project, and pleased as punch to have done my little part in bringing it to fruition.

    8. Nathan Kulinitsch on November 26, 2013

      Amazing Dean, you should be really proud of your work. I cant wait to see it!!

      so excited to be part of the crew that made your dream come true :)


    9. Chris Williams on November 26, 2013

      Wow! Fantastic!! The book looks great!! If you have an extra advanced copy, I'd love to see it live and in person...but only if there are enough.

      Congratulations. Must be really gratifying on so many levels.

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      Paul Thomason on November 26, 2013

      CONGRATULATIONS! You must be thrilled to death. What a thrill to hold your finished book in your hands and to flip through it, seeing your dream come true. When all the copies arrive, I am so looking forward to receiving mine. What a great Thanksgiving you're going to have!

    11. Joseph D & Kit S Botana on November 26, 2013

      Thanks for the update, Dean - and congratulations! I would be glad to write a review after I have a chance to review the PDF copy. Nice job in seeing this project, which honors the work of a very talented man and gives us a glimpse into a very important period of history, through to completion. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Joe B.

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      Michael O
      on November 26, 2013

      Congratulations Dean!