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GERMAN HELMET ANATOMY AND CONSTRUCTION


The helmets of Germany came in a variety of designs. The ones discussed here are from the WWI and Third Reich periods. a full discussion of the anatomy and construction of each helmet is accessible by clicking in the proper link.

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GERMAN HELMET TYPES


WWI GERMAN M-16 HELMET
This was the first modern helmet worn to battle by the German forces. Perhaps its most unique characteristic was the "Frankenstein" bolts to each side of the helmet. The studs were used to hold a face shield.

WWII GERMAN M35 HELMET
This was a brand new helmet designed specifically to be used during World War Two. It was a single piece stamp and had rolled edges.

WWII GERMAN M42 HELMET
This was a revised helmet from the earlier model. Minor modifications to the length and the edge is not rolled.

WWII GERMAN POLICE HELMET
This helmet was employed by the police force. The liner and rivet positions are different than other helmets. The weight is lighter. Perhaps the most recognizable feature are the vent holes.

WWII GERMAN FIREMAN HELMET
This helmet was employed by the fire department. Same to the police helmet except that it has a comb made of aluminum.

WWII GERMAN PARATROOPER HELMET
This helmet was wa employed by the Fallschimjager forces. A brand new way of fighting. This was a stahlhelm without the neck guard and visor. The liner was also different. It was much more padded. Rivets are also placed in different locations.

WWII GERMAN Luftschutz Combat style HELMET
The Luftwaffe employed this helmet. It was a lighter weight helmet. Standard shape with a bead running the entire length of the body.


If you have an interest is seeing other American military headgear, you can do so by going to our German helmets identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Luftwaffe and other organizations from various time periods.





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