Helmet – M40 – ET62 – Helmet carrying strap
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.
Paint: Spray painted field gray paint with aluminium oxide
Markings: ET62 – 464
Maker: Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale.
Size: Shellsize 62, headsize 55 cm
Batch number: 464
Notes: The helmet has a helmet carrying strap intended to carry the helmet on the equipment during long marches. There are various different designs that where used during the war, most being private purchase. This one is most probably one of the earliest models, executed in brown leather and chrome plated hook. The later models allowed the wearer of the helmet to wear it with the strap attached which this one does not allow due to the cross strap on the bottom. The helmet carrying strap was simply hooked onto the equipment or vehicles.