The M1940 helmet first appeared in March
1940 following a redesign of the manufacturing process which now
incorporated more automated stamping techniques. The first
helmets issued received only one gold colored decal on the left side of the helmet.
In 1943 this factory applied decal was discontinued in order to comply
with orders issued by the Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht.
Helmets of this type are characteristic of having rolled edges and
stamped air vents that
are embossed directly into the steel shell. Paint configurations
range from medium to very dark field grey in color with
various degrees of texture. Some helmets also exhibit a "slate
grey" color that is either field or factory applied. This color
often has the appearance of being more gray then green. In some
rare cases, Kriegsmarine helmets have also been observed where the
factory paint finish has been over painted in a light to medium
"battleship grey" color. It is presumed that these helmets were
used exclusively on German naval vessels. The interior of the helmet remained
smooth painted unless it was factory or field modified and then
re-issued. Most M1940 helmets received the second pattern zinc
liner band system. However, those introduced in 1940 and early
1941 often have the first model aluminum liner bands. These are
appropriately date marked between 1940 and 1943.
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Side of the M1940 Kriegsmarine Combat Helmet.