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WWII Nazi German Named Wehrmacht M35 Reissue Single Decal Helmet Stahlhelm M35
Item #: FRJ161
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The sheet steel construction helmet retains about 85% of its Reissued rough textured green paint with hints of the original apple green poking through where the textured paint is worn. Wehrmacht eagle decal which is retained about 97%. All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The interior reverse neck guard apron is lot number stamped, "E. 110", and the interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, "N.S. 62", indicating manufacture by Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, AG. Schwerte, size 642 Original chinstrap is included and is maker marked and dated 1940. The interior is named to a member of the 3rd Infantry Regiment P. Frank. This Wehrmacht soldier did not want anybody stealing his helmet. In white paint, now yellowed from age he painted his regiment and first initial and last name on the interior apron. He also stitched his name tag "P Frank " to the liner with a cloth BeVo strip.
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.