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
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Side of the M1940 Waffen-SS Helmet with First Pattern Runic