Helmet – M35 – ET62 – Wintercamouflage
Arguably the helmet was the most recognizable part of the individual German soldiers appearance. With a design that derived from the type used in world war one, the German helmet offered more protection then ones used by it’s enemies. The quality field gray painted steel helmet with two decals and rolled steel rim and leather liner was a labor intensive product and simplified as the war progressed. The earliest model helmet used in world war two was the model 35 or M35 Stahlhelm. During the war the helmet was simplified in 2 stages. In 1940 the airvents changed from separate rivets affixed to the helmet shell to stamped in the main body of the shell. In 1942 a new model was introduced where the rim of the shell was left sharp and not rolled over as previous models. These models are known in the collector community as M40 and M42. The low sides that protect the neck and ears, the tell tale design that the Germans introduced in 1935 can still be seen in modern day army helmets.
Decal: Double decal
1. Factory applied smooth apple green gray paint with one Heer and one national insignia decal.
2. Brush applied white winter or snow camouflage.
3. Brush applied textured reissue paint.
Chinstrap: Dated 1937
Markings: ET62 – 3510
Maker: Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale.
Size: Shellsize 62, headsize 54 cm
Batch number: 3510
Notes: The helmet has a factory apple-green paint job with two decals. On top of this a winter camouflage was applied during the war and on top of this a “reissue” paintjob with a decal. The helmet is in “untouched” original condition and is named U. Mack. The helmet retains its original liner and chinstrap dated 1937. A stunning wintercamouflage helmet in salty and original condition!