L012581 M35 DOUBLE DECAL HELMET. (Stahlhelm M35)

BACKGROUND: The first "modern" steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915 and were shortly followed by the British army later that year. With plans on the drawing board, experimental helmets in the field, ("Gaede" helmet), and some captured French and British helmets the German army began tests for their own steel helmet at the Kummersdorf Proving Grounds in November, and in the field in December 1915. An acceptable pattern was developed and approved and production began at Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, in the spring of 1916. These first modern M16 helmets evolved into the M18 helmets by the end of WWI. The M16 and M18 helmets remained in usage through-out the Weimar Reichswehr era and on into the early years of the Third Reich until the development of the smaller, lighter M35 style helmet in June 1935. In an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs minor modifications were introduced in March 1940 resulting in the M40 helmet. Further construction modifications were undertaken in August 1942 resulting in the M42 helmet. The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft personnel on August 18TH 1934, and adopted for wear by the Luftwaffe on March 1ST 1935 along with the national tri-color shield for wear on the helmet. The first pattern national eagle was utilized until a modified second pattern eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations of June 12TH 1940 discontinued the use of the national tri-color decal and further regulations of August 28TH 1943 abolished the national eagle decal and dictated that it was also to be removed from all helmets although the directives were not completely adhered to.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The sheet steel construction helmet retains a good portion of its rough textured, Luftwaffe blue/grey over paint. The left side of the helmet has a second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal which is retained about 80%. Eagle is most probably period re-applied after the over paint was applied. Tri-color decal is now partially exposed from field wear and use since it was originally painted over as per the 1940 orders. All three of the liner retaining rivets and both of the inset ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has a light, tan M31 leather liner with minor chafe wear to the edges and the typical sweat stains. The liner is fully intact with all the fingers and the original tie string and the leather is still quite supple. Reverse interior neck guard apron had a faint stamped Lot# and left side apron has manufacturers code and size stamp, "NS66", indicating manufacture by, Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, AG. Schwerte, size 66. Shortened chinstrap remains, but is still long enough to fit over the front of the visor. Well worn and used example.

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