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   Hindenburg Guard Helmets

Photo:  The Tannenberg Monument in East Prussia

Helmet Description

One rare helmet that continues to intrigue helmet collectors is a configuration best known as the "Hindenburg Guard" helmet.  Photographs of this helmet in use are scarce with only a handful known.  The best images of this helmet were taken for propaganda purposes in 1935 after the National Socialists came to power in Germany.  Photographs depict the honor guard at Hindenburg's tomb at Tannenberg, East Prussia wearing M1935 pattern helmets with an unknown helmet insignia.

The insignia is best described as a large shield with swastika superimposed in the center.  Some collectors speculate that the insignia is not real after all, but rather an alteration of the original Reichswehr era photo negative.  However this does not account for the other clearly contrary suggestions noted by the use of the M1935 helmet and the National Socialist insignia on both uniforms and the Tannenberg monument itself.

Collectors have also suggested that the helmets shown in the photograph bear an early prototype insignia tested by the German Army prior to the introduction of what has become known as the standard regulation insignia consisting of the National tricolored shield and Wehrmacht eagle.  However, this is mere speculation as no regulations suggesting the introduction of prototype insignia have ever surfaced.

The M1935 Helmet with "Hindenburg Guard" Insignia (right side)

The Shield Insignia Depicted in Rare Photographs

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