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    M1935 Reverse Runic Waffen-SS / Polizei Helmet

This rare helmet represents an early conversion of the standard double decal M1935 police helmet into one worn by the elite men of the Waffen-SS.  The helmet was issued as a smooth early "pea green" model bearing the insignia of the German Police.  Later the helmet was repainted a darker shade of smooth green paint (often referred to as "apple green" by modern collectors) and then re-decaled with the runic decal applied to the left side over the German police eagle.  There are two layers of insignia on this helmet as opposed to simply the application of the "C.A. Pocher" pattern runic shield.  This is interesting in that it most probably denotes that the helmet was worn by a foreign volunteer in the Waffen-SS about 1940-41.  The helmet is in shell size 64cm and was manufactured by the well know firm of Thale in the Harz mountains.  This rare helmet represents only a handful of known examples that exist in modern collections today.

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