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

    Quick ID Chart:  Combat Helmets

This Quick ID Chart provides a visual guide to identifying German helmet shell types worn between 1939 and 1945.  In some cases certain styles were worn only for parade and ceremonial use.  In addition, some early transitional model helmets were also reissued during wartime.  This guide is intended to give only a general overview of the many helmet styles worn by various military groups of the Third Reich.  Information on which helmets were worn by a specific organization or military formation, to include specific coloring and insignia, is located in each of the Information Tracks contained in this website.

Air Defense







Austrian M1916

German M1916 / M1917


German M1918
German M1918 Ear Cut-Out
M1935 (riveted air vent)
M1940 (embossed air vent)
M1942 (flared edges)  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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