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Fiber Parade Helmets

Light weight helmets were manufactured in both aluminum and a fiber composite material and were available to officers on a private purchase basis for ceremonial and parade use.  Generally speaking, older men often chose to purchase these light weigh models as opposed to wear the standard combat helmet.  Fiber parade helmets came in several different patterns, one of which is depicted below.  The example shown was manufactured by the firm of Robert Lubstein better known as the "Erel" firm for those who collect visor caps.  The Erel firm was considered a premier manufacturer of superb quality visor hats and fiber parade helmets, and as such sold them directly as well as through authorized uniform dealers.  Many officers had direct access to suppliers stationed locally near their military base, much to the same degree that modern soldiers have access to similar base supply stores.  The example shown bears the "Erel" mark of the Robert Lubstein name.  The interior rear skirt has a hand painted name depicting the officer who originally wore this helmet.  Decals used on these helmets came in a variety of styles and were commercially produced by the hat makers or were purchased locally and applied to the helmets.  The patterns are slightly different than standard regulation insignia, although army issued insignia often appear on these helmets as well.  In many photographs fiber parade helmets can be seen in use by NCO's and enlisted personnel.  Studio portraits often depict a variety of light weight helmets in use.  It is important for collectors to realize that these helmets were the property of the photographer and not the enlisted soldier.  Most studio photographers purchased light weight helmets from commercial outlets so that they had the appropriate "prop" on hand for customers who preferred to be photographed wearing the classic "Stahlhelm."  One such image is shown below (bottom right of page) and depicts and enlisted solider wearing a light weight metal helmet most often identified as one that was manufactured commercially by an Austrian firm.  Helmets of this sort will typically bear a variety of liner systems and chinstraps which resemble those often found in other civic model helmets used by the German Order Police.

Detailed Photos of a Fiber Parade Helmet

Left side of helmet.

Right side of helmet.

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This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to M1935 Heer Helmets from 1940-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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Army Main

M1918 Ear Cut-Out Helmets

Transitional Model Helmets

M1935    M1940    M1942

Austrian Transitional Helmets

Fiber Parade and Ceremonial

Reissued World War I Helmets

Austrian Reissued Helmets

 

 

The fiber parade helmet with screened vents on either side.

The right side bearing a commercially produced national tricolored insignia typically found only on fiber parade helmets.

 

 

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