The last wartime upgrade to the standard
helmet took place on 6 July 1942 as part of an overall restructuring
of Germany’s wartime production efforts. At the request of the Army
High Command, the rolled edge found on M1935 and M1940 helmets was
discontinued as a measure of economy. On 1 August 1942 the first
M1942 helmets were placed into production. By this time, the standard
helmet was now made in four basic steps by hot stamping steel into the
desired shape. The older process of press forming the shell, in
combination with oven heated tempering, had now been replaced by a
faster and more efficient method. Many M1942 helmets bear the signs
of rapid hot stamping as demonstrated by rippled stress marks in areas
where the steel is shaped to form rounded corners. The M1942 was
mass-produced until late 1944 and early 1945 when most facilities were
overrun by Allied armies or simply left idle by the lack of sufficient
materials for the production of helmets. Initially helmets
received a single Heer decal on the left side of the helmet.
This was discontinued in 1943 as part of an effort to improve
concealment in the field as well as to reduce cost and time of overall
helmet production. Colors found on M1942 helmets range from medium to
dark field grey. Virtually all helmets show texture of some sort
in the paint finish. The texture can be very fine or extremely
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