M35 Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet – NS66

Condition: Excellent

Maker: NS – Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, Schwerte

Pattern: M35

SKU: JW5391 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This M35 Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet has great character, with nice, original combat wear. The exterior retains nearly all of the original prewar style smooth blue paint, with some losses from honest wear, particularly to the top of the dome. The exposed bare steel has taken on a deep, old patina. This helmet started life in the 1930s as a double decal helmet. The tricolor national shield decal was removed in 1940 to comply with regulations. The flying eagle and swastika Luftwaffe branch decal on the other side is still intact, with some age toning and slight rubbing. Inside, this M35 Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet retains its complete original liner. The liner band is a correct prewar reinforced aluminum type, with typical square chin strap bales. The leather is complete, and very nice. There are no tears, and only normal age darkening. The original draw string is present. There is no chin strap. The inside of the shell is stamped in the skirt with the lot number “D243” as well as “NS66” indicating manufacture by the firm of Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke in Schwert, in size 66. This field-worn helmet has a lovely and very appealing look. The condition rates as excellent.



Historical Description: When the German Army first marched into war in 1914, it went to the front lines wearing the traditional “Picklehaube” helmets. The war soon developed to necessitate the need for an improved headgear to protect the wearer. The German Army developed the M16 helmet in 1915 and began issuing it in mass quantity to its fighting troops in 1916. The M16 underwent changes to bring about the next model, the M18. Both the M16 and M18 saw use by the German Army during WW1, as well as the interwar years by the Reichswehr and Freikorps. In 1931, a new liner system was developed. The M16 and M18 helmets were in mass supply right up to the time the Nazi Party took control of the German government. During Adolf Hitler’s rearming of the German military in the early 1930’s, the M16 and M18 helmets saw extensive refitting with the newer liner system, fresh paint, and the addition of a centralized decal system for the newly formed Wehrmacht’s respective branches. Decals were generally placed on each side of the helmet, one side being the branch and the other the national colors shield or party shield. In 1935, the M35 helmet was introduced. This new design was lighter and more streamlined than the older style helmets and is what the world now recognizes as the iconic helmet of the German Military. M35 helmets can most easily be identified from the separate rivet ventholes and rolled edges. With the outbreak of war, some changes were made to bring in a new model, the M40. The changes made to this new model was the use of a more matte field grey finish and the vent holes were now integral to the helmets shell. In 1940, the national colors decals and party shields were ordered to be removed. It should be noted that many M35 helmets were brought up to date by repainting them with the matte field grey finish and/or other modifications if necessary. These refitted helmets are what collectors now term “reissue helmets”. The next model helmet to evolve was the M42. The model M42 has the same features of the M40 with the exception of the edges of the helmet not being rolled and remain flared. This was to speed up production and lower cost as the war dragged on and the German economy began changing to a total war economy. In 1943 all decals were ordered to be removed from combat helmets.


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