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

    Deutsche Polizei (German Police):  Civic Helmets

Police Civic Helmets

The German Police (Deutsche Polizei) utilized lightweight "civic" model helmets while working in hazardous situations.  These were worn for the purpose of protecting the head during regular duty when the weight of a combat helmet was not needed.  The reference to "civic" stems from modern collector terminology that is used to distinguish these lightweight helmets from those used in combat.  A number of manufacturer variations were produced all of which had a glossy black paint finish.  These variations differed from one another in the way that the helmet shell was formed.  The most common differences were seen in features such as the angle of the front visor, the angle of the "dip" where the visor came down at the temples, the number of rivets used to hold the liner in place (generally four), the type of air vents holes and how they were shaped, and of course the liner and chinstrap.  All helmets, regardless of model style, generally bore the twin insignia of the German Police.  German Police helmets were identical to firemen's helmets save for the fact that they did not have the large aluminum comb at the top which served as an additional protective feature.  Most of the helmets manufactured for the German Police were made by smaller companies.  These were located in both Germany and Austria.  Some helmet shells were maker marked while others were not.


Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

Information Tracks are organized by subject matter and their content is directly related to the service arm or organization to which each topic is related.  Topic areas that bridge one subject matter to another are cross linked within each Information Track.

This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to Police Civic 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 Civic Model Square Dip 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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