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

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Photo:  Second Pattern Waffen-SS Cloth Helmet Cover.

Camouflage in World War II

A variety of methods were used to camouflage German helmets during World War II.  This included bailing wire, chicken wire, paint, mud, cloth covers, and various straps or netting used to attach foliage.  Cloth covers of various styles and camouflage prints were manufactured exclusively for the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS.  These cloth covers differed from one another in cut and style and were intended to fit the basic shape of the helmet for which they were intended.  The nature of camouflage depended on both terrain and seasonal factors.  The use of cloth covers and netting was highly dependent on supply and whether or not a unit was even equipped with such items.

While the application of camouflage paint was not as wide-spread as some might believe, sufficient numbers of men had access to paint if they served with units that had spray painting equipment, paint, and a need for camouflage.  Men with the best access to camouflage paint served in units that had armor, motorized vehicles, artillery, or anti-tank weapons.  To the extent that men serving with Fallschirmjäger units had access to paint, it was quite common to camouflage helmets on all fronts where they were deployed. 

Due to an ever-increasing shortage of materials, little emphasis was placed on camouflaging helmets late in the war.  The fact that front line troops were engaged in fierce and continuous fighting resulted in fewer helmets being camouflaged even when units had access to paint. However Allied units fighting German forces in France following the Normandy invasion often encountered helmets that had been sufficiently camouflaged with paint.  Camouflage helmets were widely used among Luftwaffe units serving in a variety of ground combat and field support roles.   This was certainly true of men serving in Fallschirmjäger units on all fronts.


Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

Information Tracks are organized by subject matter and their content is directly related to the service arm or organization to which each topic is related.  Topic areas that bridge one subject matter to another are cross linked within each Information Track.

This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to camouflage techniques used by the Waffen-SS and Wehrmacht 1933-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

    Camouflage Main Topics

Camouflage Paint

Camouflaged Helmets Gallery

Cloth Helmet Covers

Helmet Netting

Wire Configurations

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