Many helmets were repainted at some point
in time during the course of their use as a piece of field combat
equipment. This was done either out of necessity or simply at a
time when a given helmet was being reissued. Field repainted
helmets generally exhibit interesting layered features such as
multiple coats of paint and decals. Field repainting was
generally done in such a way that paint was applied by hand using a
paint brush. When done in this way, the fresh coat of paint can
be discerned from the factory applied finish in the sense that small
paint brush strokes are often evident in the final finish. Often
times the inside rim as well as the dome of the helmet was also
refinished. Helmets bearing repainted domes generally indicate
that the liner in the helmet was removed and replaced at the time of
refinishing. The helmet shown at right was found in the attic of
an old home near Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. This helmet bears
testimony to a long service record of both ceremonial and combat use.
Three distinct coats of paint and decals are discernable on the
helmet. The first layer is a standard smooth finished factory
field-grey color with a double decal combination bearing the first
pattern runic shield and National Socialist Party emblem. The
second coat of paint is a smooth black finish applied to the outside
and inside rim with a second set of first pattern decals applied on
top of the first. Finally, the helmet has been reissued for
combat use and hand repainted on the outside and inside rim with a
thick field-gray paint. The third set of decals has been applied
on top of the second set of decals. The fact that the third set
of decals has crazed is a feature directly associated with the decals
having been applied on top of a slightly wet coat of paint. This
helmet clearly shows that many black SS helmets were reissued for
field use at some point prior to 1940.
Photos of the Helmet
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Track provides historical facts pertaining to Waffen-SS M1935 field
repainted helmets. Individual links related to this subject are outlined
The Right Side of the Reissued Double Decal M1935 Helmet.
The Left Side of the
Reissued Double Decal Helmet.