M42 Single Decal Heer Helmet – CKL66

Condition: Excellent

Maker: CKL – Eisenhüttenwerke, in Thale

Pattern: M42


SKU: JW6796 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This M42 CKL66 Single Decal Heer Helmet is a very nice example of the iconic, late war German combat helmet. It’s in excellent condition, and most likely war worn. The exterior retains the original, factory applied textured field paint finish. The helmet shows storage and handling wear, with some marks, and has age patina. This helmet decal is rated in excellent and retains about 85% of its foil. As these decals had been deleted in mid-1943, this makes this helmet an early M42 example. The interior of this helmet is clean, with the original liner. With the Germans name written in blue ink on the liner, H. Stolt. Also, on the rear visor in white paint, are the initials ST. for the last name Stolt. The liner is a late war steel banded type. The liner leather does have some cracking, tears, and rips from age and use. There is a draw string, with only one finger of the liner being torn. The liner leather is size stamped “58”. The size and maker stamps are in the rear of the helmet, typical for late war. It’s stamped with the lot number, which we believe to say “2531” as well as “ckl66” (the late war code for Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale) and size 66. As an additional bonus, the helmet does come with its original chin strap. The chin strap has been cut short, with only 5 holes present. The condition of this late war M42 Single Decal Heer Helmet rates overall 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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