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

    Heer (Army):  M1940 Helmets

M1940 Helmets

The M1940 helmet first appeared in March 1940 following a redesign of the manufacturing process which now incorporated more automated stamping techniques.  The first helmets issued received only one decal on the left side of the helmet.  In 1943 this factory applied decal was discontinued in order to comply with orders issued by the Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht.  Helmets of this type were characteristic of having rolled edges and stamped air vents that were embossed directly into the steel shell.  Paint configurations ranged from medium to very dark (almost black-green in color) with various degrees of texture. Some helmets also exhibited a "slate grey" color that was either field or factory applied.  The interior of the helmet remained smooth painted unless it was factory or field modified and then re-issued.  Many M1940 helmets appear heavier in weight when compared to M1935 or M1942 helmets.  This is specifically true of helmets that were manufactured by the Quist firm.  These helmet shells are generally well formed and heavy compared to other German helmets of the era.  Most M1940 helmets received the second pattern zinc liner band system.  However, those introduced in 1940 and early 1941 often have the first model aluminum liner bands.  These are appropriately date marked between 1940 and 1943.


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 M1940 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 Left Side of the M1940 Heer Combat Helmet.


The M1940 Worn Without Decal.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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