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    Reichswehr:  State and Provincial Shields

Reichswehr 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  This new insignia superseded all of the previous shields depicted below.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.

Reichswehr Main

Decal Main

Anhalt Baden Bavaria
     

Braunschweig Bremen Hessen
     

Lippe Lübeck Mecklenburg
     

Oldenburg Prussia Saxony
     

Schaumburg-Lippe Thüringen Württemberg
     
   
  Tricolored Shield (14 March 1933)  
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