Lot Number: 350
Product Description: Here’s a beautiful Luftwaffe Normandy Camo Helmet. The base helmet is a Luftwaffe single decal made by the company Quist, which is what the “Q” stamp stands for. The size of this Normandy Camo Helmet is a 64, which seems to be the most prevalent size German Helmets are found in. The lot number for this helmet is “350”. The leather liner has taken on a very appealing dark-brown color, most likely from daily wear and also the the likelihood the wearer used hair products, as was the style during that time. The chinstrap is full length, and matches the age and patina of the leather liner nicely. The split-pins used to secure the liner to the helmet shell are in an untouched state, and all signs that the liner is the original to the helmet are in place.
The exterior of the helmet has been camouflaged using three colors; a tan base with red and green accents. The camouflage was hastily applied using a spray gun. Visible still is the Luftwaffe second patten decal under the sprayed on camo, giving the decal a ghost-like look. The pattern collectors have termed for this particular type of camouflage coloring is the so-called “Normandy”. While its a known fact that this type of camouflage was used in other theaters of the war, many US veterans who brought this type of camouflage helmets home claimed they were pick-ups of the Normandy Campaign. This is the most sought after camo pattern that collectors seek for their collections. This is a beautiful untouched Normandy Camo Helmet that would look excellent in any helmet collection or on mannequin representation of a Normandy combat veteran.
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 eadges. 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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