helmets bore hand-painted crests in the colors of the province in
which they were garrisoned. Instituted in approximately 1923, the
shield-shaped insignia (Wappenschild) of the Reichsheer was
painted on the left side of World War I helmets used during this
period. Beginning 26 January 1924, the Reichsmarine adopted a
similar concept by employing a gold and white shield with anchor
devices on the left side of the helmet. On 14 March 1933 a
National tricolored shield of black, white and red was adopted for
all helmets. This new insignia superseded all of the previous
shields depicted below. While the majority of insignia was
hand painted or stenciled, in some rare cases decals were produced.
The hand painted shield above
illustrates how original Reichswehr era state and provincial
shields should look like when encountered on authentic helmet
examples. The shield shown depicts that of Saxony.