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WWII GERMAN LUFTWAFFE PARATROOPER HELMET

The paratrooper helmet was different than any other helmet employed by the German armed forces. The design was a copy from the M-35 helmet but the visor and earguards were removed. These changes produced a more compact design, which is better suited for air assaults.


The sample featured here has been painted with a desert type finish. It is possible that it was used in North Afrika or Greece campaigns. There are no traces of any stickers ever being present.


The paratrooper helmet was normally outfitted with a sticker of the Luftwaffe eagle on the side. In some cases a second sticker with a the national colors may have been applied to the opposite side.

The inside of the helmet has a leather liner with a total of twelve 1" holes for the purpose of ventilation. The helmet was issued in the following sizes: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, and 61.

Note the rivets on the helmet are not the standard type but rather a nut and bolt system. This was a much stronger system that could better handle the rigors of jumping.

The chin strap was a much more robust design. It provided a far better grip and protection to the chin area. There were four types of chin straps:

  1. Gray leather with chamois back
  2. Wider but thinner material
  3. Heavy leather. Riveted in place.
  4. Re-made "D" ring harness
The last version was given to paratroopers that had retired from jump duties.

Two marks are found on the inner side of the helmet. One of the reads ET71, which indicates the manufacturer (ET) and The size of the helmet 71. Which is a very large size and is often custom ordered. The second marking is a production number 8223.

The liner of the German paratrooper helmet was completly different to those employed in the other branches of the service. The physical demands placed on the soldiers and equipment were much different.

The liner was better fitted to the helmet shell and the head of the soldier. The padding was much thicker and firmer. An aluminum ring is riveted to the helnet and covers the inside perimeter of the shell, this was a common piece among all helmets, and was used to secure the liner to the helmet.

A foam pad was added between the aluminum ring and the leather liner. This was done to provide protection between the head and the shell when jarring motions occur.

The following pictures show the rim, aluminum ring, padding (which still soft) and the leather liner. The liner has been oiled to soften and maintain the leather. Part of the chin strap is also visible.

The edge of the liner shows some black markings which may have been occured by the chin strap rubbing against it (Below-left). The rivets are clearly visible. When taken apart there are two washer-like pieces.

Unfortunatelly, the markings on the liner are not shown very clearly here. The padding on top of the helmet can be seen through the circles of the liner. This padding is very firm to the touch.

A couple of close-ups of the chin strap follow. The stiching pattern on the liner can be seen clearly. A close view of the chin strap buckle is also included here.



This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German paratrooper items. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German collectible worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the parattrooper items is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German artifacts in the collector's market is illustrated.

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Some of the paratrooper helmets came with a cover. The purpose for this feature was to change the color to one that better suits the battlefield. Some of the covers were camouflaged, like the one featured here. Others were white to better blend with the snow in cold weather conditions.

The covers also provided the opportunity to attach things, such as bush branches, to the helmet to enhance its camouflage ability.

The following photos are different views of the helmet cover. Pictures of the front, side, top and an inside view are provided. The camo pattern is known as "rain" type. Notice that a wide strap of cloth is placed in a horizontal fashio. Two other straps cross the helmet cover from top to bottom forming a cross shape in the crown area. These straps were meant to provide extra support.



The following are comments provided by one of our visitors:

"I do not have a great level of expertise on German helmets, but there's
something funny about this one. It just doesn't 'feel' right from the photos. It
might be a good idea to have someone who is an expert take a look. There are a
LOT of 'replica' (or fake as I prefer to put it) German WW2 para helmets about."


This WWII German paratrooper item may be 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 item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the paratrooper items.

If you have an interest is seeing other paratrooper collectibles of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German paratrooper identification guide. Where we cover insignia, field gear, head gear and many other items.





PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for the German WWII paratrooper collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $2,500.00 $2,875.00 $3,000.00 $3,225.00 $3,500.00 $
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A


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