Deutches Rotes Kreuz (DRK)

Before the outbreak of the war the German Red Cross was responsible for providing medical care and humanitarian aid , it was incorporated in the Nazi organization around 1938 and was organized as a military component with a hierarchy and uniforms.


INFO LINK : The German Red Cross

Observations :

  • Only one decal type is considered valid for these helmets (The pointed bottom one) , another type exists called the Round bottom type but is considered a post war reproduction. You can read about it here.
  • Paint colors are green or grey. Green is more uncommon and associated with the really early helmets often carrying 2 decals.

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz – M34 “prototype”

  • Called prototype by collectors as it is believed to be the first type developped
  • Note the early green paint and 2 decals

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz – M34 square dip

  • This is a transitional DRK helmet with some feature the later DRK do not have.
  • This helmet has the flat rivet heads as seen on earlier DRK helmet (see above) , the front set slightly smaller than the back ones.
  • It also has the neck attachments for a neck flap like the Fueurwehr helmets have.
  • Also the chinstrap is of a more WW1 style variant as opposed to the later rollerbuckle ones.
  • Patina has darkened the paint color and I believe it to be originally of a light grey color like the helmet pictured below

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz – M34 square dip

  • Note the uncommon chinstrap and the pad under the liner.

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz – M34 square dip

  • This example has the more common roller buckle chinstrap.
  • Of note are the rounded rivets

Photos courtesy of RonR

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz – M34 square dip

  • Another square dip example similar as above.
  • This helmet was purchased in 2014 from the widow of a 102nd Infantry Division veteran in Virgina USA together with other WW2 items.
  • This shell has an A stamp believed to related to the Thale factory
  • Of note is that this helmet received an overpaint to cover up a weld seam , they carefully painted around the decal as you can see from the USB close-ups.

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz – M34 square dip

  • This particular helmet is exactly like the ones featured above but has an NSDAP shield as an ‘extra’.

Photos courtesy of Donald L