WWII German Army Volunteer M-35 Helmet -
During 1942 and 1943 the SS started accepting volunteers into their ranks. Because the
production of uniforms and helmets took second stage to the production of weapons, it was not
always possible to provide the volunteers with the proper equipment. In addition, as the Russian
campaign got started, volunteers were afraid of being captured by the enemy and being identified as
members of the SS. The helmet displayed here is an example of how the problem was addressed. The
helmet is an M35, single decal. However, close attention to the placement of the decal shows it to
be slanted. This was done to simulate the thunder bolts of the SS symbols.
A closeup view of the headliner is provided above. Of leather construction. Consisting of
multiple flaps pointing towards the center. A string is used to secure the flaps together.
Tightening and loosening the strings adjust the height of the helmet. This affects how
it sits on the head of the soldier.
The modern German helmet saw its birth during World War One. Its design was so advanced
for the time that the German government saw it fit for the same basic design to be re-employed
during World War Two.
The German helmet of World Wat Two has become one of the most recognizable silhouttes of war.
The helmetss of the Third Reich came in a variety of designs. There were approximatelly
9 different types developed. Even the non-military helmets often displayed the
swastika as a means to show support of the Nazi party. The helmet was constructed of a
combination of metal and leather.
Two sets of numbers are founf in the helmet. The name of the owner is written on the back side of the
helmet (Simon). Barely visible are the letters SS to the left of the name.
Some of the helmets have markings stamped in the inside of the rim. The markings provide information
such as the serial number, name of manufacturer, helmet size, etc. A
markings guide has been provided to help
the collector and enthusiast gain a better understanding of their meaning. It is important to
note that not all possibilities of markings are covered in that section.
WWII German helmets are currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other American military headgear, you can do so by
going to our WWII German helmets
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Luftwaffe and other organizations.