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

    Questions & Answers:  Chinstraps

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding chinstraps are described in this section.  Additional topics can be explored by linking to one of the subject areas listed below.


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Did the Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK) produce chinstraps made of tropical web material?


No official documentation exists that supports the concept that helmet chinstraps of this kind were manufactured and distributed at a factory level.  However, a few original helmets have been observed which exhibit field made replacements that utilize tropical web material of the kind normally associated with utility straps used to secure the Zeltbahn as well as the type used on the water bottle.

Why do so many Kriegsmarine (Navy) helmets have odd looking chinstraps?


Collectors have noted that Kriegsmarine helmets often have depot produced chinstraps that are not the standard type typically seen on German Army (Heer) or Air Force (Luftwaffe) helmets.  While the exact reason for this is not fully known, a reasonable theory has been suggested that has to do with supply and the overall status of the Kriegsmarine opposite its counterparts in the Wehrmacht.  When one considers that few naval personnel required helmets other than for basic training, the overall need for replacement parts must have been very few by comparison.  In addition, the German Navy was considerably smaller than the other service arms of the Wehrmacht.  As a result, chinstraps may have been produced at the depot level by Naval Supply specialists.

Do all German helmet chinstraps have maker markings?


No.  Through study and evaluation it has been accurately determined that chinstraps produced in the mid-1930's and some produced between 1943 and 1944 bear no markings whatsoever.  Collectors' myths often propagate the notion that any chinstrap without a maker's mark is a fake.  This is incorrect.

Should all chinstraps be black on one side and brown on the other?


No.  Many chinstraps were produced that were entirely brown in color.  This includes some made specifically for the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as well as some made and issued to the German Army (Heer).

My chinstrap looks to have been repaired.  Is it original?


Many chinstraps were repaired in the field and are completely original with these characteristics.  Some collectors falsely believe that repaired chinstraps must be postwar reproductions or altered examples.  While this could be true, the fact is your chinstrap may be a genuine example of a field repaired chinstrap.  More field repaired chinstraps exist than what the general collecting community cares to acknowledge.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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