Helmet – M42 – EF64 – Kriegsmarine 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.
Model: M42 Kriegsmarine (navy)
Paint: Factory applied dull field gray or Feldgrau gray paint with rough aluminium oxide with a factory applied Kriegsmarine decal.
Shell Maker: Emaillierwerke A.G., Fulda.
Size: Shellsize 64, headsize 57 cm
Batch number: 1987
Notes: Textbook original Kriegsmarine M42 helmet marked EF64 indicating production by Emaillierwerke Fulda in very good condition.
The helmet retains up to 95% of its original textured field grey paint and golden Kriegsmarine decal. The decal is a Kriegsmarine thin wing type manufactured by Huber Jordan u. Koerner. The top of the decal shows a golden line indicating the decal was manufactured in multiple layers and is a textbook Kriegsmarine helmet. The lot number is also noted in the lot number database as a Single Decal Kriegsmarine helmet. The helmet retains its original liner and chinstrap.