Compared to other branches of the Wehrmacht the RAD , NSKK and FHH where much smaller , no helmets were specifically produced for these branches in the helmet factories. Instead they were supplied with Heer and/or Luftwaffe helmets which were sometimes overpainted and received a new decal or the decal was applied over the existing one. (a feature more observed with RAD helmets)
Based on my observations I would say that for me today only one decal type of each can be accepted as original. Even though a variant RAD decal is featured in the recently published decals book by Ken Niewiarowicz I have never seen that other type on a helmet I considered authentic.
- RAD decals applied on the wearers left will always have another decal underneath.
- We can only speculate what created the discoloring effect on NSKK decals but it must have something to do with the lacquer that was used. Often a Luftwaffe decal can be seen underneath the NSKK decal.
Photos courtesy of helmet2id
Photos courtesy of M38