The M1940 helmet first appeared in March
1940 following a redesign of the manufacturing process which now
incorporated more automated stamping techniques. Helmets received
two decals consisting of the Police Eagle and the National Socialist
Party shield. The twin decal combination remained in effect
until the end of the war. Early helmets often received the
un-bordered version of the Police Eagle shield, although the majority
received the type with a silver border. Helmets of this type
were characteristic of having rolled edges and
stamped air vents that
were embossed directly into the steel shell. Paint configurations
ranged from medium to very dark field gray (almost black-green in color) with
various degrees of texture. Some helmets also exhibited a "slate
grey" color that was either field or factory applied. The interior of the helmet remained
smooth unless it was factory or field modified and then
re-issued. Many M1940 helmets appear heavier in weight when
compared to M1935 or M1942 helmets. This is specifically true of
helmets that were manufactured by the
Quist firm. Most
M1940 helmets received the second pattern zinc liner band system.
However, those introduced in 1940 and early 1941 often have the first
model aluminum liner bands. These are appropriately date marked
between 1940 and 1943.
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The Left Side
of the M1940 Combat Police Helmet.
The Right Side Showing the National
Socialist Party Decal.