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

    Heer (Army):  M1942 Helmets

M1942 Helmets

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  The older process of press forming the shell, in combination with oven heated tempering, had now been replaced by a faster and more efficient method.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 course.


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 M1942 Heer Helmets from 1942-1945.  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 Heer M1942 Helmet.


The M1942 Helmet Worn Without Decal.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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