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    M1935 Single Double Decal Kriegsmarine Helmet

This M1935 double decal naval helmet bears the unusual addition of a field made chinstrap made from a combat web strap. Non-standard chinstraps are common to Kriegsmarine helmets and many found today, as well as those in collections, bear unusual chinstraps.  Theories have not yet explained why this is the case, although some believe the German navy was under supplied and therefore had to make due with the field equipment they were supplied.  This particular helmet is manufactured by the Thale (marked ET62) and is a smaller sized helmet shell.  The liner bears a double ink stamp indicating size, and the national tricolored shield has been neatly removed as per the 1940 regulations governing the elimination of this decal from standard, front line combat helmets.  This rare helmet was originally photographed and displayed in the webmaster's book Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933-45 by Osprey Publishing printed in 2004.

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