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

    Deutsche Polizei (German Police):  M1940 Combat 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.  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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This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to Police M1940 Combat Helmets from 1935-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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Austrian Transitional Helmets


Beaded Model Helmets


Civic Model Helmets

Parade Model Helmets

Fire Protection Helmets


The Left Side of the M1940 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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