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    WEEK 9:  M1940 Single Decal EF Pattern Kriegsmarine Helmet

EF (Fulda) produced German Naval helmets (Kriegsmarine) are unique in that they all bear a factory applied slate-gray colored paint.  Unlike the paint found on German Army helmets, this paint is generally very light in color and often resembles the same color used on some Luftwaffe helmets.  Note how this paint color differs from that found on the ET produced single decal Kriegsmarine helmet found in Week 4.  Factory applied decals used on Fulda produced helmets are also unique in that they are unlike any other decal and are specific only to this maker.  This decal features the classic "print error" that exposes the bottom left side of the decal's golden metallic underlay.  Both army and navy decals of this kind often exhibit this characteristic.  Note the color of the decal is definitively gold in color and is not an aged toned army decal of the same print design.  The fact that this helmet bears the unique paint color and golden decal known to be found on EF produced Kriegsmarine helmets bears testimony to the fact that it is a genuine example.

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