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
  • Helmets like these were initially issued to the Technische Nothilfe organisation (TENO) of which parts were absorbed by the Wehrmacht by 1941 which explains the Heer decals we see on these helmets.
  • 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 – Medium duty 

  • ET style decal
  • Weighs 947 grams
  • Originally used by the TN later by the Technische truppen under Wehrmacht command.
  • 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 – M35

  • Lot number 20210
  • 1938 dated liner band
  • LLG Schlesien maker stamped chinstrap.
  • Pocher Heer 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.
  • Maker marked chinstrap

Emaillierwerke A.G. Fulda (EF) size 62 – M40

  • Lot number 11374
  • 1941 dated liner band
  • E Jutner 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.

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

Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke (NS) size 66 – M42

  • Lot number x384
  • Rear marked NS

Photos courtesy of Langemarck

Late war qvl marked helmet size 68 – M42

  • Lot number 5924
  • Rare late war helmet
  • qvl as seen on an example with a dome stamp related to the ET factory

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.