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    Waffen-SS (Armed-SS):  M1940 Helmets

M1940 Helmets

Waffen-SS M1940 helmets were typically painted a dark field green paint finish that contained a slight amount of texture.  Helmets that have extensive field combat exposure often feel smooth to the touch because most of the texture has been worn off the paint surface.  The paint colors can vary from very dark to medium in overall hue.  Decals consisted of either the first or second pattern runic shield applied to the right side of the helmet.  Helmets manufactured after 1 November 1943 did not have the runic decal applied.  However, most helmets already issued tended to retained their decals.

See Photos of an M1940 Single Decal Helmet


Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

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This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to Waffen-SS M1940 helmets 1940-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

    Primary Topics
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 M1940 Waffen-SS Helmet with First Pattern Runic Decal.  - The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

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