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    WEEK 1:  M1940 Quist Pattern 62cm Double Decal Combat Helmet

Due to their heavy construction and high standards of quality, Quist manufactured shells are often considered by collectors as being the best of the helmets manufactured during World War II .  This M1940 pattern double decal combat police helmet was acquired in 1997 from an antique store in Omaha, Nebraska.  The helmet was brought in as a consignment item by the son of the veteran who captured it during World War II.  Quist pattern helmets feature distinct decals used specifically by the manufacturer on all factory produced helmets.  This helmet has an ink stamped "1" on the liner denoting perhaps a unit or supply stock number.  The wear pattern on the decals is common for police helmets as this helmet certainly saw active service during the war.  Many people believe these smaller 62cm helmets were manufactured for children, however they were not.  Facts bear out that the average European male in the 1930's and 1940's, according to the standards of the day, were much smaller than the average US citizen in the year 2010.  Nutrition standards, medical care, and other factors in German society meant that both men and women were smaller in stature than most American's today.  Consequently, all manufacturers produced helmets in smaller sizes (including the very small 60cm shell) in order to accommodate the full range of head sizes represented in German society.

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