- The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

    WEEK 7:  M1918 Reichsheer Transitional Helmet

Purchased from a veteran's estate in 2003, this helmet is the style worn during the time after World War I but before the Nazi Party took control of Germany's Weimar Government in 1933.  This helmet is the M1918 with an updated helmet liner circa 1930 bearing a dark green hand painted finish covering the original World War I paint scheme.  The insignia is hand painted and depicts Reichsheer army units from the German State of Prussia (black and white shield).  Insignia on helmets such as they were more often painted by hand than applied by decal, and some evidence suggests that no decals were ever produced for these helmets to begin with.  The helmet bears the pre-war style of helmet chinstrap with a carbide clip.  Helmets such as these are exceptionally rare as most underwent a third upgrade when they were repainted in 1934 again with new army decals applied to both sides.

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