L009181 M34 DOUBLE DECAL AIR BASE FIRE BRIGADE HELMET. (Stahlhelm M34)

BACKGROUND: The Fliegerhorstfeuerwehr, (Air Base Fire Brigades), were established shortly after the official unveiling of the newly formed Luftwaffe on March 9TH 1935. Personnel of the Air Base Fire Brigades were drawn from civilian fire fighters and were classed as members of the Luftwaffe with neither soldier nor Official status. Originally the issue helmets were the same type as used by the civilian fire fighting services with the addition of a protective "comb", to the top crown. In 1939 the protective combs were to be removed and in 1940 a horizontal white identifying stripe was to be added to the helmets.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The light weight, stamped sheet steel construction, civic M34 style helmet retains a good portion of its original black satin finish paint. The helmet has the remnants of the original narrow, horizontal, white, hand painted stripe positioned just above the visor and side and back aprons. The left side of the helmet has a second pattern, (circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe eagle decal. The right side of the helmet has a national tri-color shield decal. Helmets original liner is missing and now has some sort of a field made example (with numerous tape repairs) in place. Chinstrap has been cut off. Scarce helmet, but according priced do to the liner issues.

GRADE **3/4                             PRICE $199.00

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