WWII German Luftwaffe M-42 Helmet -
This is a German WWII single decal Luftwaffe (Air Force) helmet. Of field gray
color. This is the M-42 style construction. With a leather liner, still retaining a
single end of the chin strap.
The helmet has a leather liner with multiple fingers that point towards the center. The flaps are
secured together via the use of a string. This is how the user would adjust the placement of the
helmet on the head.
The chin strap was made of leather and had a metal buckle at the end. A section of it remains
in this helmet. The edge of the helmet is flat, not rolled.
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.
This is a closer picture of the Luftwaffe eagle sticker. These items are heavily reproduced. However,
it usually easy to detect them because you can feel the edges when they are applied.
A rivet is emploted as an air vent.
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.