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

    WEEK 8:  M1935 Double Decal Army Factory/Depot Repainted Helmet

This M35 helmet features the typical refinish paint used on helmets refurbished at the factory or in military supply depots during 1940-41.  The helmet has had its original "apple green" smooth finish paint covered in a textured green color that has been hand applied using a paint brush.  The color and hue of the field green paint used to refurbish helmets such as this one varied widely from helmet to helmet.  Portions of the tri-colored shield were intentionally left visible.  Portions of the smooth finished factory applied color remain visible through the scratches on the helmet's repainted surface.  Helmets of this kind are very typical of M35 Army refinished helmets and most feature similar attributes such as this one.  Many collectors prefer to classify this style of helmet as "camouflaged" because of the order given in 1940 to repaint combat helmets that still bore the early smooth paint finish and tri-colored shield.  However, I do not consider such helmets in the same category as the usual one, two, or three-colored camouflaged helmets that utilize the standard tan, brown, and green color so typical of field modified helmets.

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