Helmet – M35 – ET64 – Kriegsmarine double decal field repaint

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.

Model: M35 Kriegsmarine (navy)
Decal: Kriegsmarine
1. Factory applied dull field gray or Feldgrau gray paint with rough aluminium oxide with a factory applied Kriegsmarine decal.
2. Remnants of whitewash
Markings: ET64
Shell Maker: Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale.
Size: Shellsize 64, headsize 56 cm
Batch number: 3670
Notes:  This helmet was found September/October 2017 when my friend was demolishing a building in Norway. To put it in his words literally ” I tore down the attic and this thing came rolling out “.

The helmet is a ET64 with lot number 3670. The helmet features its original Kriegsmarine decals, of which one was painted over. The helmet was spray painted in a grey paint, inside and out. The helmet still retains its original liner with the name Seckel. Inside the helmet, under the leather the dome stamp still retains visible and there is another name, in pencil inside the dome. The chinstrap is original to the helmet and is Kriegsmarine marked too. The KM decal has the thin black border around the eagle and the swastika and was masked during the grey repaint. The decal has a strong, deep golden tint as would be expected of a KM helmet.