Heer Decals

Huber Jordan u. Koerner (aka Thin winged decal) – Factory and Re-issue decal

  • Like the Pocher decal below , this decal has seen widespread use and can be found on many different configurations.
  • Both EF and NS factories used this decal on their M35 , M40 and M42 helmets.
  • You will also find this decal on many transitional helmets
  • Original unapplied examples are still available on the market today which unfortunately means that you have to watch out for helmets where this decal has been post-war applied.
  • Also has a Kriegsmarine version.

USB close-up of a HJ&K decal at 25x zoom (left photo) and 200x zoom (right photo)

Pocher decal – Factory and Re-issue decal

  • Like the decal above this decal has seen widespread use and can be found on many configurations.
  • Both EF and NS factories used this decal on their M35 , M40 and M42 helmets.
  • You will also find this decal on many early transitional helmets and even on very early M35’s from other makers like Quist.

ET decal – Factory decal

  • This decal is found on ET and SE shells (M35 , M40 and M42) and occasionally on Q M40 shells.
  • Also has a Kriegsmarine version.

USB close-ups of 2 different ET eagles at 25x zoom

USB close-ups of the ET eagles at 200x zoom

Big foot eagle – Quist factory decal

  • You should only find this decal type on Quist shells (M35 and M40)
  • There exist several fake versions of this decal but none should be a problem to identify for a studied collector. Also a lot of these are placed on the wrong shell maker.

EF type eagle (resembles ET style) – made by E. Jutner.

  • This example is only found on EF shells and is also often seen on Double decal Austrian M17 shells.
  • The decal is very close in graphics to the ET decal (and often mistaken as being ET) , the silver color is a lot more subdued and there are small graphical differences.
  • Both examples below are on Austrian shells.

Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Sysyphus

Methner and Burger aka Grey lined eagle – Re-issue decal

  • This is not a factory applied decal , this decal only appears on re-conditioned helmets of which most have the same paint style. Can be found on M16/M18 shells , M35 and M40 and also on Czech helmets.

Photo 1 is on an M35 , Photo 2 is a Czech Vz32 helmet.

Wilhelm Abels decal

  • Found on early pre 1937 shells. Predominantly on M16/M18 shells and to a lesser extent on M35’s.
  • Below shows two example , one on a transitional helmet and one on an M35 E.T. with no lot number.

Ed Strache decal – Re-issue decal

  • Like the Huber Jordan decal unapplied examples are still available on the market today. Even more so than the Huber Jordan this decal has been post-war applied in large numbers.
  • This decal , war time applied , is mostly seen on re-painted M35’s or transitional helmets.
  • Always judge the decal based on wear and general patina of the helmet.

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Gustav Peiniger aka Mad faced decal

  • This decal is even more infamous than the Ed Strache decal and if applied to a helmet make sure to closely examine it for post war application especially when looking at an M40 or M42.
  • You should only find it on re-issued helmets. (often Transitional helmets or M35).