1950's German Tanker Helmet -
This is a German military helmet. As issued shortly after World War Two.
After the war in Europe ended in May of 1945, the German armed forces and the country's cities
were destroyed. Rebuilding back an entire nation was a very difficult task.
The armed forces retained some of the original equipment. Modifications were made to eliminate
the swastika from the design. In other cases, new equipment was brought in. The helmet featured
here reflects one of those cases.
This is a post-war German Army tanker helmet. The design was borrowed form the helmet used
by the American forces during the war. The shell was lightweight. Heavy padding was made
available to protect the head. Ventilation holes are drilled in various sections of the body.
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.