Mouse-Gray German Army Helmet Cover.
During the Second World War the German
Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) as well as the Armed-SS (Waffen-SS) produced
a variety of cloth helmet covers designed to aid in concealment.
The application of cloth or burlap helmet covers for the sake of
camouflage was a practice that began during World War I. Helmet
covers made for the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS were produced for all
seasons and many were made to be reversible. The first helmet covers
produced for military units of the Third Reich were those manufactured
by the Waffen-SS. Using a number of cloth SS camouflage
patterns, helmet covers were introduced as early as 1937. A
patent submitted in the name of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler
protected the design from being copied by the German Army, a staunch
rival of the SS. However, the Army was well on its way to
developing its own version of the cloth helmet cover.
In 1942 a general issue helmet cover (Stahlhelmüberzüge)
for the German Army was factory produced and introduced to front line
combat units. Although not intended for every soldier, the
camouflaged helmet cover was provided to both officers and enlisted
men in enough quantity that it was used on all fronts. Issued
predominantly to the Army, some cloth covers were provided to the
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) where they were used by coastal artillery
and naval infantry units. Soldiers serving with Luftwaffe field
divisions often wore a blend of both Army and Waffen-SS varieties. An
order dated 21 July 1942 stated that certain Luftwaffe troops be
issued Waffen-SS patterned helmet covers. At the time, these were
intended for men serving with the Brigade "Hermann Göring", which
later became Division "Hermann Göring."
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