Original German Helmets

I don’t claim to be an expert in this field but I just enjoy collecting as a hobby like many others around the world.

As my interest continues to grow I am now collecting nice examples from further afield. All of my items are totally original and are “been there” examples. I still have most of these but am always swapping and selling in order to upgrade my collection. Keep an eye on the sold and for sale page or please let me know if you have something nice to offer.

Most are M35 double decal helmets which are my favourite and are the most desirable.

The price of all World War Two memorabilia has increased dramatically over the last decade or so. Some people now choose to invest in such items expecting a good return on their money in the future.

Some examples will fetch many thousands of pounds depending on the condition, unit and scarcity of a particular helmet. Mint condition, SS and Kriegsmarine are the most sort after original german helmets among many modern collectors.

In fact, naval helmets are considered as the rarest of all helmets even when compared to elite units of the Waffen-SS thus making them highly prized.

Some of my collection

M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy)

M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy) M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy)

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Kriegsmarine Coastal ArtilleryStatistically, Kriegsmarine helmets are about ten times rarer than Heer helmets and three times rarer than SS helmets, due to the small size of the German Naval force and the relatively lesser need for steel helmets.

This is a remarkably crisp M35 double decal Kriegsmarine helmet. It has had the national shield period removed as per 1940 regulations.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains nearly all of its original “pea green” smooth parade paint.

The left side of the helmet has a Wehrmacht eagle shield decal featuring a deep, golden yellow eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons on a black shield shaped base. The eagle decal has retained about 99.9%. This is the textbook ET Kriegsmarine decal with the border around the outline of the eagle.

The right side of the helmet has had the national tri-color decal very neatly removed as per 1940 regulations. All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact.

The interior of the helmet has a M31 light tan leather liner with all eight of its original fingers and the original liner tie string is still present. The liner band is dated 1939 and the liner shows very light use. The liner is marked with a 59 size inkstamp. The interior crown of the helmet has a crisp 1939, black, oval, Beschaffungsamt, (Procurement Office), inkstamp.

The interior, left side, apron is stamped with the manufacturer’s code and size, “ET66″, indicating manufacture by Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, size 66.

The helmet comes complete with an excellent blackened leather chinstrap with a pronged natural aluminum fit adjustment buckle and the steel retaining studs intact and is also maker stamped and dated 1939. The chinstrap shows very light wear.

This helmet is in shelf condition all the way and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the highly respected author and collector, Kelly Hicks. A solid, untouched example of this desirable type!

M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy)

M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy) M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy) M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy)

M35 Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet (Navy)

This one is thought to be the only M35 double decal Kriegsmarine helmet left in the Channel Islands.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 75% of its original “pea green” smooth parade paint.

The left side of the helmet has a Wehrmacht eagle shield decal featuring a deep, golden yellow eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons on a black shield shaped base. The eagle decal has retained about 85% with a few fair sized scrapes and scuffs. This is the textbook ET Kriegsmarine decal with the border around the outline of the eagle.

The right side of the helmet has a national tri-color decal in black, white and red, which has retained about 90% with a couple of small scrapes and scuffs. All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact.

The interior of the helmet has an M31 dark tan leather liner with all eight of its original fingers and the original liner tie string is still present.

coastalartillaryThe liner band is dated 1938 and the liner shows moderate chafe wear to the edges and moderate age and usage toning. The liner is marked with a faint, illegible size inkstamp. The interior crown of the helmet has a faint, black, oval, Beschaffungsamt, (Procurement Office), inkstamp.

The interior, left side, apron is stamped with the manufacturer’s code and size, “ET64”, indicating manufacture by Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, size 64.

The helmet comes complete with a blackened leather chinstrap with a pronged natural aluminum fit adjustment buckle and the steel retaining studs intact and is maker stamped and dated 1938. The chinstrap shows light to moderate chafe wear.

Although this helmet is not mint it is in good condition and this would be one of the hardest helmets of all to find for the advanced German helmet collector.

A very nice rare M35 double decal kriegsmarine helmet.

 

 

 

M35 DAK Kriegsmarine Camo Helmet (Navy)

M35 DAK Kriegsmarine Camo Helmet (Navy) Original German Helmets

M35 DAK Kriegsmarine Camo Helmet (Navy)The hardest of all camouflage helmets to find is the true Kriegsmarine camo helmet, so for helmet collectors of each type, these  are very hard ones to find indeed.

This one is from an old collection that I was lucky enough to purchase. It is finished in a mid tan sand colour but with rust bleed and time has dulled to a beautifully patinated brown colour.

The helmet displays an ET factory applied M.35 bordered Kriegs Adler, the eagle has obvious gold toning and the borderline through the double thickness of the decal, this is very clear around the swastika and to the edges of the eagle’s upper wings,

The manufacturers marks are ET and the helmet is a size 66. The item is complete with original M.35 type chin straps slightly shortened by the soldier at the time with its aluminium buckle and a reinforced M.31 early type liner.

There are remains of the soldier’s name neatly scratched into the underside of the peak. All pins are present and are of the typical 35 nickel over brass construction, looking at traces to the edges these were clearly the pins that have always been within this scarce helmet. The liner leather is of a mid brown and slightly greasy and oily, again with various names written upon the leather. It is all complete and good and supple with its original tie cord still present. A completely untouched beautifully patinated helmet.

 

M35 Kriegsmarine Camo & Chicken Wire Helmet (Navy)

M35 Kriegsmarine Camo & Chicken Wire Helmet (Navy) M35 Kriegsmarine Camo & Chicken Wire Helmet (Navy)

M35 Kriegsmarine Camo & Chicken Wire Helmet (Navy)I just love this one as it has it all going on. How often do you see let alone find a real M35 Kriegsmarine Camo with Chicken Wire?

It is in its AS FOUND condition when found dumped in a tunnel in Guernsey back in the 1950s and has never been in a collection before.

Although it is a bit rough and I have better condition helmets, this one is on my top shelf.

For collectors in the Channel Islands it just doesn’t get much better than this!

 

M35 Double Decal Half Basket Chicken Wire Helmet, Heer (Army)

M35 Double Decal Half Basket Chicken Wire Helmet Heer (Army) M35 Double Decal Half Basket Chicken Wire Helmet Heer (Army) M35 Double Decal Half Basket Chicken Wire Helmet Heer (Army) M35 Double Decal Half Basket Chicken Wire Helmet Heer (Army)

Branislav Radovic: German Helmets of the Second World WarThe helmet on the cover of Branislav Radovic’s book is from the Channel Islands. This one must be its twin as they look so alike and it is also from the Channel Islands. Who knows they may both be from the photo! Wishful thinking I suppose but a nice thought.

Original chicken wire helmets are also very hard to find. This one is nice locally found ‘Jersey’ helmet with a background history.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 85% of its original green factory applied paint and has a period applied over paint.

The left side of the helmet has a silver and black lined Wehrmacht eagle decal which has retained about 70% and the right side of the helmet has a the national tri-color decal at again at about 70%. The helmet is wrapped in a medium hex half basket chicken wire and is named Brennen.

All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers intact. The liner is in overall good condition. The chin strap is missing.

The interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, “EF 64”, indicating manufacture by Emaillenwerke A.G, size 64.

 

Rare 1st Infantry Division Helmet

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1st Infantry Division HelmetThis helmet retains about 95% of its original “apple green” smooth parade paint. The left side of the helmet has a good bright silver and clear black lined Wehrmacht eagle decal which has retained about 95%. The right side of the helmet has the national tri-color decal which again is about 95%.

All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The liner is in overall very good condition.

The interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, SE 66″, indicating manufacture by Sächsische Emaillier-und Stanzwerke, AG Lauter, size 66 The roller buckle style chinstrap is maker marked and dated 1935.

1st Infantry Division HelmetThis is a very exciting piece indeed. It is an example of one of the very first helmets produced by SE in the opening months of 1936 which is when SE received their first contracts from the army. Hence it being issued to Grenadier Trosien of the 1st Infantry Division (Wehrmacht) as seen on the name lable.

This very helmet is one of the iconic M35 double decal helmets that was actually there during the early years of the Third Reich, the invasion of Poland and then France.

The liner and strap are dated 1935 and the leather bears the expected early embossed liner size stamped into the leather rather than the later used ink-stamps. It also has the early roller buckle chin strap.

Just a great historical find, If only it could talk!

 

M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet (Army)

M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet (Army) M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet (Army) M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet (Army)

M35 helmet in top shelf condition

M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet (Army)DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 97% of its original “apple green” smooth parade paint.

The left side of the helmet has a good bright silver and clear black lined Wehrmacht eagle decal which also has retained about 95% as does the national tri-color decal.

All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The liner is in overall very good condition.

The interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, “N.S. 62”, indicating manufacture by Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, AG. Schwerte, size 62. The chinstrap is maker marked and dated 1937.

 

M40 Single Decal Helmet Heer (Army)

M40 Single Decal Helmet Heer (Army) M40 Single Decal Helmet Heer (Army) M40 Single Decal Helmet Heer (Army)

M40 Single Decal Helmet Heer (Army)

I don’t normally collect M40s but I just had to have this one.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 98% of its original “slate grey” textured paint.

The left side of the helmet has a good bright toned silver and clear black lined Wehrmacht eagle decal which has retained about 99%.

All three liner retaining rivets are in place. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The liner is in overall very good condition.

The interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, “Q66”, indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 66. The chinstrap is maker marked and dated 1940.

What is of interest with this helmet is that it does not carry the expected Q big foot decal. This happened from time to time as verified by experts.

 

M40 Bunker Camo Helmet

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Period photo of a Bunker Camo helmet in wear

Here is a very rare Bunker Camo helmet painted in a very light cement grey. As you can see in the period photograph they were  painted to blend in with the newly constructed bunkers on the Atlantic wall.

A very interesting and rare helmet you don’t see very often.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 95% of its original “Camo cement grey” paint. The left side of the helmet has a good toned Q style eagle decal that has retained about 97%.

All three liner retaining rivets are in place. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The liner is in overall good condition.

The interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, “Q64″, indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 64. The chinstrap is maker marked and dated 1940.

 

M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force)

M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force) M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force) M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force)

M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force)An excellent M35 double decal Luftwaffe helmet.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 97% of its original smooth Luftwaffe blue/grey paint.

The left side of the helmet has a second pattern, (circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe eagle decal which is about 99% complete.

The right side of the helmet has a national tri-color shield decal which has retained about 98%. All three liner retaining rivets and both inset ventilation bushings are all intact.

The interior of the helmet has a light tan leather, M31 liner with all eight of the original eight fingers remaining. The original liner tie string is still present. The liner is size marked. The interior, left side, apron has the stamped manufacturer’s code and size, “ET60”, indicating manufacture by Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, Size 60.

The interior crown of the helmet has a black, oval, Beschaffungsamt, (Procurement Office), inkstamp dated 1938. The liner band and chin strap are also dated 1938. There is also a white ink stamp showing Luftwaffe regiment 33. The chinstrap shows light wear.

A fine example that would be hard to upgrade.

 

M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force)M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force)

Another excellent M35 double decal Luftwaffe helmet.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 99% of its original smooth Luftwaffe blue/grey paint.

The left side of the helmet has a second pattern, (circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe eagle decal which is about 95% complete.

The right side of the helmet has a national tri-color shield decal which has retained about 98%. All three liner retaining rivets and both inset ventilation bushings are all intact.

The interior of the helmet has a light tan leather, M31 liner with all eight of the original eight fingers remaining. The original liner tie string is still present.

M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet (Air Force)The liner is size marked. The interior, left side, apron has the stamped manufacturer’s code and size, “Q66”.

The interior crown of the helmet has a black, oval, Beschaffungsamt, (Procurement Office), inkstamp dated 1940. The liner band and chin strap are also dated 1940.

The brown leather chinstrap shows light wear.

A top shelf helmet.

 

M40 Single Decal Luftwaffe Camo Helmet

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M40 Single Decal Luftwaffe Camo HelmetA very attractive camo. This helmet is a superb combat worn item.

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 90% of its 1944 three tone tan and green camo paint over the original factory finish.

All three liner retaining rivets and both inset ventilation bushings are all intact.

The interior of the helmet has a dark tan leather, M31 liner with all eight of the original eight fingers remaining. The original liner tie string is still present. The liner is size marked. The interior, left side, apron has the stamped manufacturer’s code and size, SE 66″, indicating manufacture by Sächsische Emaillier-und Stanzwerke, AG Lauter, size 66. It is named O Gefr Groml.

 

M35 Luftwaffe Woodchip Camo Helmet

M35 Luftwaffe Woodchip Camo Helmet M35 Luftwaffe Woodchip Camo Helmet

M35 Luftwaffe Woodchip Camo HelmetThis one was found by builders during a farm conversion at five oaks in Jersey. It is an untouched woodchip camo helmet that appears to have had 3 lives. First as a factory finished M35 later having a dark blue hand over paint and finally a VERY thick woodchip camo sprayed in a light green and tan finish. It has great shelf appeal and is so ugly it makes this helmet a real beauty!

DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 95% of its 1944 two tone tan and green camo paint over a thick woodchip finish. All three liner retaining rivets and both inset ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has a dark tan leather, M31 liner with all eight of the original eight fingers remaining. The original liner tie string and LBA marked chinstrap are both still present. The interior apron is named but illegible. Manufacturer’s code and size, SE 64″, indicating manufacture by Sächsische Emaillier-und Stanzwerke, AG Lauter, size 64.

 

M35 Double Decal Waffen-SS Helmet

M35 Double Decal Waffen-SS Helmet M35 Double Decal Waffen-SS Helmet

M35 Double Decal Waffen-SS HelmetAlderney was the only Channel Island to have SS troops present to man the concentration camps.The Germans built four on the island and these were the only Nazi concentration camps ever to be built on British soil. This helmet however is an American veteran’s souvenir bring back.

This helmet is in overall very good condition. SS helmets of any type have become the Holy Grail for serious helmet collectors.

A very nice and collectable early M35 double decal SS helmet.

DESCRIPTION: This SS helmet retains about 95% of its original smooth apple green parade paint.

The helmet has the classic Q style SS Runic decal to the left side of the helmet which shows the typical flaking associated with Q decals. It shows heavy field ware and rates at about 60% with a fair few scuffs and scrapes.

The right side of the helmet has a NSDAP party shield decal with a narrow black outer border, a red base field with a central white circle with a canted black swastika. The party shield decal has retained about 95% with some small scrapes and scuffs. All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact.

M35 Double Decal Waffen-SS HelmetThe interior of the helmet has a M31 tan leather liner with all eight of its original fingers and the original liner tie string is still present. The liner shows moderate chafe wear to the edges and moderate age and usage toning. The liner is marked with a faint, illegible size ink stamp.

The liner band is dated 1939. The interior, left side, apron is stamped with the manufacturer’s code and size, “Q62” indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 62.

The helmet comes complete with a blackened leather chinstrap with a pronged natural aluminum fit adjustment buckle and the steel retaining studs intact and is maker stamped and is dated 1938. The chinstrap shows light to moderate chafe wear.

This piece comes with a certificate of authenticity from the highly respected author of several books on SS Helmets, Kelly Hicks. A solid, untouched example of this desirable type!

 

M35 Double Decal Combat Feild Police Helmet

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SS Field Police Helmet DecalThis one is an absolute cracker. It is an early 1938 production ET66, lot number 3651 with a 1937 liner band and chin strap. It has excellent paint and decals at getting close to 100% and is named to a Police Meister.

Meister was the highest enlisted rank of the Ordnungspolizei during the Second World War,

The Ordnungspolizei or Orpo (English: Order Police) were the Uniformed Nazi police force between 1936 and 1945.

The Orpo organization was absorbed into the Nazi monopoly on power and served under the control of the SS until the end of World War II.

They embraced virtually all of the Third Reich’s law-enforcement and emergency response organizations.

As well as front line fighting it had the task of terrorizing the civilian population of the conquered and colonized countries to help keep order.

Rare and Unusual Helmets

M35 Double Decal Heer/Combat Feild Police Helmet

M35 Double Decal Heer/Combat Feild Police Helmet M35 Double Decal Heer/Combat Feild Police Helmet M35 Double Decal Heer/Combat Feild Police Helmet

M35 Double Decal Heer/Combat Feild Police HelmetI just love this one. A M35 double double decal helmet that you just don’t see everyday!

This M35 SE64 with a lot number of 4387 started life as a double decal Heer. Later on this helmet was reissued as a double decal Polizei with decals applied right over top of the Heer decals. Portions of the Polizei decals have flaked off exposing portions of the Heer decals underneath giving this helmet a very unique look.

The Polizei decal is the unbordered type. Inside the helmet is fitted with a 1939 dated reinforced aluminum liner. The original chinstrap is present and is in pretty good condition. A very unique setup with tons of character.

 

M35 ‘Trench Art’ Helmet

M35 'Trench Art' HelmetThis is a very interesting example that was done to commemorate
the Liberation of the Channel Islands. A great one to pass onto the next generation! It is shown here on display in the centre.

DESCRIPTION: Many types of trench art were made by soldiers and civilians, both during and after the wars.

The soldier’s helmet was a site for artistic endeavor. Hand-painted helmets vary from those with divisional, regimental or unit insignia to a variety of ‘camouflage’ designs to beautiful ‘souvenir’ helmets embodying a variety of military and patriotic images and dates and details of service or campaigns.

Some people and servicemen commissioned talented artists to paint elaborate designs on their ‘captured’ helmets to keep as souvenirs. It goes back to the trenches of World War One (hence the name) and it is still very popular to the present day.

 

Rare Helmet Harness and M35 Double Decal Heer (Army)Rare Helmet Harness and M35 Double Decal Heer (Army)

A superb WW2 German army helmet leather harness. It is complete & in excellent very strong used condition.

These harnesses were used for attaching the helmet to a belt, vehicle, tanks etc. They were also used to attach camouflage foliage etc.

For more information on the history of these harnesses please see Ludwig Baer’s “The History Of The German Steel Helmet 1916-1945”. A rare and seldom found helmet accessory.

The helmet is a nice early 1937 M35 double decal Heer in good condition.

Rare Helmet Harness and M35 Double Decal Heer (Army)DESCRIPTION: This helmet retains about 85% of its original “apple green” smooth parade paint.

The left side of the helmet has a bright silver and clear black lined Wehrmacht eagle decal with a few large scuffs and scrapes to the centre but has still retained about 60%.

The right side of the helmet has the national tri-color decal which is about 90%.

All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The liner is in overall very good condition.

Period picture of a helmet harness in wearThe interior crown of the helmet has a black, oval, Beschaffungsamt, (Procurement Office), inkstamp dated 1937.

The interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, “ET 64”, indicating manufacture by Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, size 64. The back of the apron is named F.W. Opitz. The chinstrap is missing.

 

 

Willy Kaiser’s M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet.
1936 Olympic Boxing Champion

Willy Kaiser's M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet Willy Kaiser

Information to follow.

 

Unapplied Decals, Heer (Army)

Unapplied Decals, Heer (Army)

Incredibly Rare “Green” Subdued Luftwaffe Decal
from Bill Shea