- The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

    Luftwaffe (Air Force):  M1940 Helmets

M1940 Helmets

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 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 finishes range from medium to very dark blue-gay in overall tone with semi-rough to rough outer texture.  Decals on the M1940 are always the second pattern variety.  The M1940 Luftwaffe helmet is one of the most abundant of all German helmets.

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Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

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This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to M1940 Luftwaffe Helmets from 1940-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

    Primary Topics

Luftwaffe Main

Fallschirmjäger Helmets

Transitional Model Helmets

Civic Model Fire Fighting Helmets

Fiber Parade and Ceremonial

Fliegerstahlhelm Types I and II

M1935    M1940    M1942

Fliegerstahlhelm Variant 

M1935 Reissued Helmets

SSK 90



The Left Side of the Single Decal Luftwaffe M1940 Helmet.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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