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.

ET style – made by E. Jutner.

  • This example is only found on EF shells and Q M40’s 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 and while ‘the story’ goes that a lot of these decals were post war applied my experience is otherwise. You can also quite easily see which ones are post war applied.  Usually stuck on an M40 or M42.
  • This decal 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 carries unjustly a bad reputation with it as being more found post war applied than war time. I can say now that this is wholly untrue. This decal is in fact quite rare and examples show that it follows the same pattern as any other reissue decals.
  • You should only find it on re-issued helmets. (often Transitional helmets or M35).

USB close-ups of the GP decal at 25x zoom

USB close-up of the GP decal at 200x zoom

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