Helmet – M35 – SE66 – Double decal Heer
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 Heer (army)
Decal: Double decal, one Heer and National decal.
Paint: Factory applied apple green paint with a Heer and National decal.
Markings: SE66 and 3211
Maker: SE indicates production by Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke A.G.
Size: Shellsize 66, headsize 58 cm
Batch number: 3211
Chinstrap: W Beneke, Altona 1936
Notes: The non(!)- reinforced liner is original to the helmet, its band is dated 1937 and comes with a nice and clear 1937 domestamp. The chinstrap is marked W Beneke, Altona 1936. The helmet still retains 99% of its original ET decals and paint. The helmet is one of the best apple green M35 helmets that I’ve seen.