Helmet – M40 – ET64 – Waffen SS – Single 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.
Paint: Factory applied dull field gray or Feldgrau paint with rough aluminium oxide
Markings: ET64 and 903? in the back
Chinstrap: Blackened leather, shortened
Maker: Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale.
Size: Shellsize 64, headsize 56 cm
Batch number: 903?
Notes: The helmet has its original Waffen-SS ET runic decal that is textbook to this helmet. The decal still remains up to 85% of its original coverage. The helmet retains its original liner and (shortened) chinstrap. The liner and split pins on the helmet are original to the helmet.
This helmet was originally sourced by a American collector who directly bought this from a veteran who brought it home.