Early production M1942
were characterized by factory produced paint finishes that had slight
to moderate texture on the exterior. Colors were of the standard
German Army (Heer) type ranging from medium to dark field gray in
nature. Some M1942 helmets were also produced in a "slate gray"
color common to German Police units. This color, is slightly
more gray than green in overall hue. Decals could be of the
first or second pattern runic shield and were placed on the right side
of the helmet. After 1 November 1943 the decal insignia was no
longer placed on factory produced helmets.
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Track provides historical facts pertaining to Waffen-SS M1942 helmets
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Side of the M1942 Waffen-SS Helmet with Slate-Gray Paint
Finish and Single First Pattern Runic Decal.