Product Description: This NSKK Crash Helmet 2nd Pattern is a spectacular and absolutely top shelf of this desirable piece of headgear. The exterior is clean, with smooth surfaces retaining original luster and appearance. Virtually all of the original surface is totally intact throughout, from the smooth patent leather covering on the helmet, to the full grain leather neck protector. There is a couple of chips in the top of the paint. The original NSKK eagle emblem on the front is intact, with some of its original silver finish and black enamel paint. As the emblem is a zinc based metal, the top layer has turned to a light grey. The interior is complete and nicely matches the condition of the interior. The leather neck protector liner which is neatly tucked up inside the helmet shows only the slightest hint of wear. On the inside of the rear leather neck protector is unit ink stamp of M. Sp.SCH.BM. The liner is stamped with the size, 55. There is a small penciled inscription’F.” near the size stamp. Underneath the leather neck protector liner, this NSKK crash helmet 2nd pattern on either side of the sweatband is the makers stamp of EREL. Which when dealing with headgear a true collector understands how desirable this maker is. This is an extremely rare survivor in this condition, that could be a centerpiece of an NSKK or headgear collection.
Historical Description: The National Socialist Motor Corps (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps, or NSKK) was a Nazi paramilitary organization that conducted training in the operation of motorcycles and automobiles, and also transported Nazi Party and SA personnel. It was founded in 1931, as a successor to the National Socialist Automobile Corps. The organization and ranks in the NSKK were similar to that of the SA. It focused on fitness in motoring skills, including maintenance and use of both military and civilian vehicles. NSKK members assisted with traffic direction, as well as the transportation of personnel involved with constructing the bunker system on Germany’s western frontier. Starting with the outbreak of war in 1939, the NSKK assisted the German armed forces, providing infrastructural support. As with most uniformed organizations in the Third Reich, the NSKK had a myriad of specific regalia and insignia, each with its own distinct purpose and meaning.
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