Beginning in 1934 many World War I model
helmets were refurbished for use by the Wehrmacht. Helmets were
gathered from surplus sources as well as from those in active use with
Reichswehr troops. The process of upgrading the helmets
generally involved repainting the helmet with field gray paint both
inside and out. Painting of the helmets was almost always done
by hand and brush. The newly introduced Armed Forces Eagle (Wehrmachtsadler)
was then applied to the left side of the helmet and the National
tricolored shield to the right. Refurbished helmets included the
M1916, M1917, M1918, M1918 Ear Cut-Out, and the Austrian World War I
model helmet. Preferred helmets often included the M1918 and
Austrian models because they were void of the large interior chinstrap
lugs. The lack of large lugs allowed the helmets to better
accommodate the newer M1931 liner and chinstrap. In some cases
M1916 and M1917 helmets can be found where the large chinstrap lugs
have been removed or ground off before repainting. Helmets
configured in this fashion were issued from 1934 through 1940.
Many helmets remained in service well after 1940 and saw combat with
reserve troops until 1943. Wartime photos clearly depict helmets
of this configuration still in service as late as 1943. Some
helmets can also be found having the M1927 liner system and chinstrap
as well as the World War I style three pad liners.
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The Left Side
of a Double Decal M1918 Helmet.
The Right Side of the Double
Decal M1918 Helmet.