Many World War model M1916, M1917, M1918,
M1918 Ear Cut-Out and Austrian pattern helmets were factory
refurbished and reissued to German infantry units between 1940 and
1943. This was done to supplement shortfalls in helmet
production while the Wehrmacht expanded its overall fighting forces in
all branches of service. Most helmets received a rough textured
outer paint that was factory applied. In some cases the textured
paint was also applied to the inside of the helmet shell as well.
Almost every helmet received a single decal which was consistent with
regulations held between 1940 and 1943. However, some helmets
retained their double decals and were simply reissued with a new liner
band insert. By 1943 most of the older model helmets had been
reissued with production of both the M1940 and M1942 having met the
overall shortfall. Reissued World War I helmets generally
contain the updated second pattern zinc liner bands.
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The Left Side
of a Single Decal Reissued M1918 Helmet.