This page contains 3 chapters.
- Interbellum roller buckle chinstraps
- The standard German 13 hole chinstraps
Interbellum roller buckle chinstraps
You will find these chinstraps mostly on early transitional helmets , they were replaced pretty soon after the first M35’s were produced so it is possible to see these on early M35’s but it’s rare.
One side is hooked onto the D ring with a clip , the other side is sewn onto the D ring. A maker mark with the year of manufacture is always present on these straps but can be hard to read or see depending on the condition of the strap.
The standard German 13 hole chinstrap
From 1935 until 1945 the German army used the same style of chinstrap on its helmets. These chinstraps were made by hundreds of leather manufacturers all across the country.
The pre 1940 chinstraps all had aluminium buckles , around 1940 most changed to a steel buckle but it is not uncommon to find 1940/41 dated ones with aluminium buckles.
Late war straps will often have more flimsy looking buckles , less thick and with narrower pins.
Practically all chinstraps were marked with the manufacturer’s name , city and often the year of manufacture. Around 1943 the manufacturer names were starting to get replaced by RB or RF numbers. (Reichsbetreibsnummer)
Apart from the factory stamps additional stamps can be found on chinstraps , especially chinstraps of Luftwaffe helmets can bear extra stamps. One of the most common being the LBA stamp. (Luftwaffe bekleidungsamt)
In rare instances unit stamps can be seen on chinstraps.
Below you can find examples of different chinstraps. I will keep expandig this list.
Otto Stephan – Mühlhausen – 1937
RAHM & KAMPMANN, WUPPERTAL 1939
Always hard to find a fully readable stamp of this maker.
Vitousek – Hohenbruck – 1941
Wilhelm Eilers Jr – Bielefeld – 1941
C Korn – Alzey – 1941
Geflitter – Striegau – 1943 – Grey/Green painted steel buckle
RB Nr 0/056/0067 strap with grey painted steel buckle
ftb 44 – an example of a lesser quality late war strap
Other styles of chinstraps are occasionally encountered on helmets. Soldiers would sometimes have to make due with what comes their way when in the field.
You will have to judge these on a case by case basis.
Here is a roller buckle style chinstrap on an M42 , one side of the strap has a field repair around the D ring. And as and added bonus the soldier ink stamped liner and chinstrap with his name. Going by the leather these are believed to have been made from French and Belgian Adrian helmet chinstraps.
An M35 DD Heer with a non standard roller buckle chinstrap. Sewn on both sides to the D rings.
An M35 Normandy camo with a Gas mask strap as chinstrap