Bahnschutz Helmets

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Bahnschutz soldiers with transitional double decal Heer helmets

Observations

  • Transitional and medium duty ‘Edelstahl’ helmets are the 2 helmets types I so far have observed of being used by the Bahnschutz.
  • All Bahnschutz helmets are re-purposed helmets , meaning they were re-painted and re-decalled outside the factory. The dome was never painted and still has the first color.
  • Most are probably ex Heer or ex Polizei helmets , you can see traces of decals on the 2 sides under the Bahnschutz decals.
  • Bahnschutz decals have the exact same signature as other period Third Reich decals when magnified with a USB microscope.
  • Collectors also believe Black painted transitional helmets with Heer decals may have a Bahnschutz link. You can see such a helmet here.

Eisenhüttenwerke Thale (ET) size 66 – M16 Bahnschutz

  • This is a rare Bahnschutz “railroad security” helmet
  • Has the typical grey overpaint , note the shadow of the previous decals can be seen under the Bahnschutz decals.
  • Of note is that the helmet was not painted black under the leather

Photos courtesy of Sysyphus

Unidentified maker – Austrian M17

  • A rare black helmet with Pocher decals on top of the black paint , probably this is an Ex SS helmet that was re-used for the Bahnshutz or it was repainted for the Bahnschutz.
  • Black Austrian helmets like this where used by the SS in the early TR period
  • It has the second type WW1 steel liner band
  • The interior crown of the helmet has the original light green paint
  • The decal is the Pocher type

 

Unmarked medium duty Edelstahl helmet – size 64

  • I also refer to these helmets as Edelstahl helmets. Often they carry the Edelstahl stamp.
  • Repainted in the typical grey for the Bahnschutz , originally this helmet was a green Polizei or SS decalled helmet , shadows of the previous decals can be seen.
  • The dome of the helmet has still the Original green color
  • The USB close-ups clearly show the same signature as all other period decals. Same pulver and wavy print lines like with Heer, RAD , SS , Luftschutz , Polizei , etc..

Unmarked medium duty Edelstahl helmet – size 66

  • Here we have another Edelstahl overpainted helmet with Original green paint in the dome.
  • It carries the Methner and Burger decal which is one of the expected decals for reissued helmets.
  • The paint color color and it’s general appearance does suspect this helmet would have been used by the Bahnschutz although other uses can’t be excluded just yet.