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    Luftwaffe (Air Force):  M1935 Reissued Helmets

Many early production M1935 Luftwaffe helmets underwent factory and military depot refurbishment between 1940 and 1941.  Indeed, it is probable that this process also continued right up until the end of World War II.  The photo below shows a typical M1935 helmet that has been factory (or depot) repainted in a light blue-gray textured Luftwaffe paint.  The helmet is painted both inside and out with the same slightly textured finish.  The original 1938 dated aluminum liner band has been re-installed into the helmet.  A single, un-lacquered Luftwaffe second pattern eagle decal has been added.  This helmet is a classic version of how factory and depot refinished helmets look under close examination.  One will note the absence of the inspection stamp in the crown.  Many helmets used by the German Army (Heer) were also refinished in a similar way during this same time period.  Much of the process was a result of new regulations calling for textured paint on all combat helmets.  In order to comply with this order, some factories and many military depots undertook this refinishing process prior to a helmet being issued.  This helmet is a large sized 68cm shell marked to the Quist firm.

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