Officers and Noncomissioned Officers (NCO's)
in the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) were authorized to privately
purchase light weight helmets made from a variety of materials.
Most helmets were made from aluminum or a lighter blend of steel,
however some parade helmets were made from a plastic-like material
known as "Vulkanfiber." All parade helmets were produced by
private firms and sold in retail outlets authorized to sell military
items. Such locations included uniform and insignia stores,
private uniform tailors, and vendors who dealt in civilian and
military hats. Parade helmets were designed for ceremonial
purposes and were not worn in combat. Helmets were painted a
variety of paint shades within the blue-gray color authorized for use
on Luftwaffe helmets. Parade helmets had a smooth paint finish
and were generally adorned with standard Luftwaffe insignia.
Liner systems and chinstraps varied although most were of the type
found in civilian model police helmets. A number of designs existed
some of which are depicted below.
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Track provides historical facts pertaining to Fiber Parade and
Ceremonial Helmets of the Luftwaffe from 1935-1945. Individual
links related to this subject are outlined below.
Left Side of a Luftwaffe Parade Helmet with Early Pattern
The Right Side of a
Luftwaffe Parade Helmet with National Decal.