In 1934 testing began on an improved steel
combat helmet that bore a similar design to World War I models. The
firm of Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale
undertook preliminary testing and prototype design. The Supreme
Commander of the Army officially accepted the helmet on 25 June 1935.
The basic design was similar to the World War I helmet, although it
was more compact, lighter in weight, and carried an updated look
representative of the growing Wehrmacht. The helmet was press formed
in several stages using sheets of molybdenum steel. Separately
inserted hollow rivets replaced the large air vent lugs found on World
War I helmets. The rim of the helmet continued to be rolled under for
a smooth edge. The M1935 received the updated M1931 liner system as
well as a newly designed chinstrap. The new chinstrap replaced the
older carbine clip and roller-buckle styles found on earlier
transitional helmets. Beginning 1 July 1935 requisitions for the
M1935 were placed through the Procurement Office of the Army and Navy
located in Berlin. The M1935 was the first helmet worn at the
outbreak of World War II and many were used to the very end of the
conflict. Nearly 1.4 million M1935 helmets were manufactured in the
first two years following of the helmet’s introduction.
Luftwaffe M1935 helmets are characteristic of smooth blue-gray paint
finishes bearing the
first or second
pattern Luftwaffe eagle and National colors decal.
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The M1935 Luftwaffe Helmet
Showing the National Decal.