We often receive
requests from website visitors who seek access to record centers that
may contain archival information pertaining to German helmets.
Many collectors prefer to research information on German helmets
including the hopes of identifying name, rank and serial numbers
marked on helmet liners or painted on a helmet shell. In an
effort to provide suggested sources for research, the following
organizations are listed below. We recommend that any English
speaking person seeking information from German archives to translate
their correspondence into proper written German. In addition, we
also recommend that people sending letters to German archives also
enclose a small monetary gift to help defray any costs associated with
research time and postal expenses. It is important to recognize
that just because a German helmet has a man's last name written on it
that this does not necessarily guarantee that records can be found (or
even exist) to identify the helmet with the former soldier. In
many cases documents (including personal military records) have been
lost as a result of the destruction of the German homeland during
World War II. While it may seem simple at first, the facts bear
out that it is not an easy task to identify a helmet with a specific
named soldier. However, we encourage those interested in such
research to access the organizations listed below.
Federal Central Record Office
The Federal Central Record Office is the official institution which
archives documents and information of historical importance to the
German Federal Government.
Federal Records Office - Military Archive
Military Archive of the Federal Records Office is a branch of the
Bundesarchiv that contains archived information related to the German
Information is available for use by researchers and authors.
Federal Records Office - Personnel Archives
branch office of the Bundesarchiv, this office retains personnel
records for many of the survivors of World War II.
Das Berlin Document
The Berlin Document Center
BDC was established immediately after the end of World War II by the
US Army in
Berlin. This agency served to archive Third Reich
documents used to form the legal basis for war crimes trials.
The archives of the BDC were investigated thoroughly by
collector/author Kelly Hicks who after years of research found no
records pertaining to SS helmets.
The most important documents held in this
member card index of the NSDAP (11 million card indices)
correspondence (1.3 million documents)
documents related to the race and settlement office of the SS (240,000
records of SS members (350,000 documents)
records of SA members (550,000 documents)
records of resettled immigrants
personal documents and card indices is possible only with full name of
the person being searched including birth date.
Abteilung Deutsches Reich
Wehrmacht Information Office for War Losses and POWs
This office was created in 1946 to retain information related to
individual members of the German Armed Forces in relation to those
killed in action or identified as POWs.
Provide certificates confirming a person was killed in action.
Providing supporting documentation when applying for death
Help solve MIA cases.
Help decode Wehrmacht identity discs.
Help decode Wehrmacht Field Post Office Numbers.
Provide known locations of war graves.
Aid in the administration of personal effects.
Provide records of Military Service.
Provide certificates required by the Social Security Services,
Ministry of Pensions, etc.
Provide proof of time spent as a POW.
Provide proof of decorations and Honor Awards.
Provide proof of nationality.
Deutsche Dienstelle (WASt)
Postfach 51 06 57
Phone: +49 (030) 41904-100
Fax: +49 (030) 41904-100
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge
This organization maintains German war graves all over the world and
has an extensive database of fallen or missing German soldiers and
their grave locations (when known). They preserve the graves of
hundreds of thousands of German soldiers killed during World War II.
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräbefürsorge
Werner-Hilpert Strasse 2
The National Archives (UK): Military
repository of the
national archives. The site includes an online catalogue, research
information leaflets and an education center. The National Archives has a huge collection of
records dealing with
history. Whatever period you are studying this organization has
documents that reveal strategy equipment and the experience of those
The National Archives
Phone: +44 (0) 20
The National Archives (US) at College
The estimated 8
million photographs and graphic images in the Still Picture holdings
at the National Archives at College Park, attract a wide variety of
researchers: documentary filmmakers, print and electronic publishers,
media representatives, military veterans, museum curators, social and
cultural historians, and the general public. In addition, records are
maintained regarding SS military men for those interested in
researching specific names or ID numbers.
National Archives at
8601 Adelphi Road