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    Deutsche Polizei (German Police):  M1935 Combat Helmets

M1935 Helmets

In 1934 the firm of Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale undertook preliminary testing and prototype design of the M1935 helmet.  The basic design was similar to the World War I helmet, although it was more compact, lighter in weight, and carried an updated look.  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.  Beginning 1 July 1935 requisitions for the M1935 were placed through the Procurement Office of the Army and Navy located in Berlin.  This included requisitions for helmets issued to military and civilian police units.  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.  German Police (Deutsche Polizei) M1935 helmets are characteristic of the typical smooth field gray painted finish common to all early helmets.  Helmets received two decals generally consisting of the un-bordered Police Eagle decal and the standard National Socialist Party shield.  Occasionally helmets can also be found bearing the bordered version of the Police Eagle decal.

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The Left Side of the M1935 Combat Police Helmet.



The Right Side Showing the National Socialist Party Decal.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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