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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.

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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 reproduced. 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 the collectible.

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.


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Invest Grade A+ A+ A+ A+ A+

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