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M1935 Double Decal Helmets

In 1934 testing began on an improved steel combat helmet that bore a similar design to World War I models. The firm of Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale undertook preliminary testing and prototype design.  The Supreme Commander of the Army officially accepted the helmet on 25 June 1935.  The helmet was press formed in several stages using sheets of molybdenum steel.  Separately inserted hollow rivets replaced the large air vent lugs found on World War I helmets. The rim of the helmet continued to be rolled under for a smooth edge.  The M1935 received the updated M1931 liner system as well as a newly designed chinstrap.  The new chinstrap replaced the older carbine clip and roller-buckle styles found on earlier transitional helmets.  Beginning 1 July 1935 requisitions for the M1935 were placed through the Procurement Office of the Army and Navy located in Berlin.  The Waffen-SS did not receive high priority when it came to producing and delivering helmets that were ordered.  This was a result of their "second class" status as a military organization opposite the Wehrmacht.  This quickly changed however and beginning in 1937 a larger number of helmets were supplied to the SS as a whole.  Waffen-SS M1935 helmets are characteristic of smooth field gray painted finishes bearing the double runic symbol on the right side and the National Socialist Party decal on the left.  Both first and second pattern runic shields were used on Waffen-SS M1935 helmets.

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Transitional Model Helmets M1935
RZM Helmet M1935 Reissued
Fiber Parade and Ceremonial M1940
Field Repainted M1940 Double Decal
SS Main M1942
   

The Right Side of the Waffen-SS Double Decal M1935 Helmet.

 

The Left Side of the M1935 Waffen-SS Double Decal Helmet.

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