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M1935 Helmets

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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M1935    M1940    M1942

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M1935 Reissued Helmets

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The Left Side of the M1935 Luftwaffe Helmet.

The M1935 Luftwaffe Helmet Showing the National Decal.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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