Heer Helmets

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Observations :

  • Factory paint color will differ between the helmet makers. For M35’s this can range from apple to pea green.
  • Exist as double decal (M34 , M35) , single decal (M35 , M40 , M42) and without decal (M40 Quist , M42).
  • I explicitly kept M40 DD out of the above list as for me at this point there is no proof Factory DD M40 were ever made. Only a handful of M40 DD Heer helmets are known to exist and they are from different makers. My feeling is that the tricolor decal was added for a reason yet unknown after the helmets left the factory. View every DD M40 with a very critical eye. You would like to see the eagle and the tricolor to have aged similarly.
  • Heer decals are silver and can tone to a dark yellow/brown goldish color , people often mistake them for Kriegsmarine decals. Be careful as the price difference is huge.
  • Roller buckle chinstraps are often found on early Heer helmets (M35 , M16/M18).

Look in the Decals sub menu for details on Heer decals.

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Unmarked size 62 M18 style medium duty helmet

  • ET style decals , note the double strike misprint.
  • Called M18 style because of the vent holes
  • Weight is 1,124 Kgs which is similar to an M40 Beaded shell by Quist of the same size.
  • Black roller buckle chinstrap as often found on civic style helmets

Unmarked size 66 – M34 Light weight

  • ET style decal
  • Weighs 947 grams
  • Used for parade purposes or light duty work although this example looks like it may have seen some late war action.
  • The vent holes have been sealed to stop wind and cold so this means it was used outside and was not needed on the parade ground any time soon!
  • 2 names on the leather

 

Eisenhüttenwerke Thale (ET) size 64 – M35

  • One of the earliest ET M35’s
  • No Lot number , only an R stamp
  • Early E.T. style stamp
  • The decal is not the standard ET decal but the rare Wilhelm Abels decals. Only found on really early early shells. (1935 or earlier)
  • 1935 Dome stamp

Quist (Q) size 64 – M35

  • A very early Quist shell because of the Pocher decal set and the liner with the embossed size stamp. Probably of 1936 manufacture.
  • Lot number 5142

Photos courtesy of RoyA

Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke (NS) size 66 – M35

  • Among one of the earliest M35 helmets you can find.
  • 1935 Dated liner band with size stamp pressed into the leather
  • 1936 Dome stamp
  • 1927 Dated rollerbuckle strap often found on early (pre 1937) helmets
  • Lot number E10
  • Early Pocher Eagle decal

Eisenhüttenwerke Thale (ET) size 64 – M35

  • Lot number 3521
  • 1937 Dated liner
  • 1937 Dated chinstrap
  • ET style decal 

Emaillierwerke A.G. Fulda (EF) size 64 – M40

  • Lot number 21236
  • 1940 dated liner band
  • Pocher heer decal (one of 3 Heer decal types observed on EF M40 shells)
  • Note the light toning of the decal which is typical for decals on EF M40 and M42 shells often found with far more heavier toning.
  • Maker marked chinstrap

Quist (Q) size 66 – M40

  • 1941 Dated aluminium liner with 2 different D rings
  • Lot number 1334
  • The decal is the Big foot type. (Only found on Quist shells)
  • Has a field repair on the D ring to keep the chinstrap fixed
  • The chinstrap is stuck over the rim and cannot be moved

Eisenhüttenwerke Thale (ET) size 74 – M42

  • Lot number 2392
  • 1941 dated liner band
  • Typical ET decal
  • Extremely rare size 74 !

Pictures courtesy of M38

Eisenhüttenwerke Thale (ckl) size 64 – M42

  • This helmet was found in 2005 in Norway by Jan Meland , an avid helmet hunter , collector and subject expert.
  • Lot number 2989.
  • ET style decal
  • Liner band date not readable.
  • Wire assembly for camouflage purposes
  • Period paper tucked under the leather for comfort

Eisenhüttenwerke Thale (ckl) size 66 – M42

  • Classic mid war no decal helmet
  • Lot number 4462
  • 1943 Dated liner band
  • Has a period roller buckle chinstrap , not the standard issued one , which on one side is kept attached to the D ring with a piece of leather. A field repair.
  • The name Munnecke is ink stamped all over the leather , even on the tip of the chinstrap.
  • Has the later ET dome stamp

Late war qvl marked helmet size 68 – M42

  • Lot number 5924
  • Rare late war helmet
  • So far we can only speculate about this maker but the resemblance with CKL helmets is big.

Photos courtesy of helmet2id

Sächsische emaillier und stanzwerke (hkp) size 66 – M42

  • This M42 Helmet was liberated and brought home by Private Howard Moffit of Iowa City, Iowa.