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WWII German Nazi Luftwaffe Q66 M35 Double Decal Combat Helmet Complete With Liner
Item #: VF4862
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The sheet steel construction helmet retains about 95% of its original smooth, Luftwaffe blue/gray paint. The left side of the helmet has a second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal which is about 95%. The right side of the helmet has a national tri-color shield decal which is retained about 98%. All three, early brass, liner retaining rivets and both inset ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has a light, tan leather, M31 liner that is still very strong and supple. All the liner fingers and the original tie string are complete. The liner is well marked and is a size "59". The reverse interior neck guard apron is serial number stamped, "2358" and the interior left side apron has stamped manufacturers code and size, "Q66", indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 66.
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.
Price: $1,250.00 USD (Sale Pending)