The last wartime upgrade to the standard
helmet took place on 6 July 1942 as part of an overall restructuring
of Germany’s wartime production efforts. As a measure of
economy the rolled edge found on M1935 and M1940 helmets was
discontinued. On 1 August 1942 the first
M1942 helmets were placed into production. German Police units
assigned to combat related duties were issued the M1942 helmet.
Police units operating close to combat zones were those whose primary
role was to keep order among Wehrmacht troops as well as to guard
prisoners and collect infiltrators and saboteurs. Combat Police
units worked closely with the Waffen-SS in all respects. Combat
Police helmets bore two insignia consisting of the German Police eagle
on the left side and the National Socialist Party shield on the right.
This decal configuration continued to remain in effect until the end
of the war. Variations in both decal types can be found on M1942
helmets. Helmet colors ranged from medium to
dark field grey. This was generally the same color as that used
on German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) helmets. On occasion, a
"slate gray" paint finish was also used. This was identical to
that found on some Armed-SS (Waffen-SS) helmets. Virtually all
helmets utilized a textured paint finish. The texture ranged
from very fine to extremely
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The Left Side
of the M1942 Police Helmet with
Variant Eagle Decal.
The Right Side Showing the National
Socialist Party Decal.