characteristics of the M1918 "Ear Cut-Out" are evident from the upward
dip along the sides of the helmet shell. The M1918 Ear Cut-Out is
often referred to as the "cavalry", "artillery", or "telephone
talker’s" helmet because of its
appearance and popularity with men serving in these roles. The
helmet was developed and tested in August of 1918 when requests were
made by front line troops for a helmet that allowed for better hearing
in the trenches. An estimated 2,100 M1918 Ear Cut-Out were produced
in medium sized 64cm shells by the established firm of
Eisenhüttenwerke located in Thale.
A planned total of 100,000 helmets were to be manufactured before the
end of World War I. The helmet proved successful and had it not been
for the armistice signed in November 1918 this helmet might have been
the next version slated for issue to all front line troops. So popular
was the M1918 Ear Cut-Out, that in the mid to late 1920’s at least
one German firm was contracted to reproduce the helmet in the larger
66cm shell size. This was intended to supplement the small number of
World War I era shells in service and to aid in expanding the head
sizes available from a maximum of 57cm to a much larger 59cm. Like
many transitional helmets, some were stored and later repainted with
rough texture paint and then reissued to Wehrmacht troops in 1940.
Overall the M1918 Ear Cut-Out is considered rare due to the limited
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The Left Side
of a Single Decal Reissued M1918 Helmet.
The Right Side of the M1918