Helmet – M35 – ET70 – Kriegsmarine ex double decal
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)
1. Factory applied dull olive paint
Shell Maker: Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale.
Size: Shellsize 70, headsize 63 cm
Batch number: 4625
Notes: Rare ET70 M35 Kriegsmarine helmet with size 63 liner. The helmet is in great untouched condition with over 90% of its original factory paint. The helmet retains its original ET pattern Kriegsmarine decal up to 95%. The helmet retains its original liner with typical early ET rivets that have never been removed or modified. Inside the dome of the helmet is a clear dome stamp. Size 70 helmets are the rarest size. These helmets where highly exceptional during the war and had to be ordered from the factory as they where not made in batches. It is simply the rarest sized helmet out there, especially rare being Kriegsmarine.
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