M42 German Helmet

M42 German Helmet

M42 Channel Islands German Helmet relic

M42 German Helmet


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M42 Channel Islands German helmet Relic

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M42 German Helmet with Battle Damage from Jersey. This is an M42 German helmet which a friend of mine has sent over from Jersey . It has a few battle scars and effectively its only the shell due to the fact that in the 1950s its been used as a motorcycle helmet.As you can see from the photo’s a liner and chin strap have been fixed in with some nuts and bolts and as you can see its been painted at some point, but a lot of the paint has worn off.

I still think this is a good battle damaged shell from the Channel islands and i think its great to see that this piece instead of getting thrown away was reused, which is its saving grace as otherwise would have been lost.

The leather liner is still soft and in good order.

M42 German Helmet with Battle Damage from Jersey

The Stahlhelm (German, ‘steel helmet’) is a specific type of German military headgear made of steel, which is primarily intended to provide protection against shrapnel and fragments of grenades. The term Stahlhelm refers both to a generic steel helmet and more specifically to the distinctive German military design.

The armies of major European powers introduced helmets of this type during World War I. The German Army began to replace the traditional boiled leather Pickelhaube (English: pointed headgear) with the Stahlhelm in 1916. The Stahlhelm, with its distinctive “coal scuttle” shape, was instantly recognizable and became a common element of propaganda on both sides, just like the Pickelhaube before it. The name was also used by Der Stahlhelm, a German first World War ex-servicemen‘s organization existing from 1918 to 1935. After World War II, the German Bundeswehr (English: Federal Armed Forces) continued to call their standard helmet Stahlhelm, but the design was based on the American M1 helmet. The Bundesgrenzschutz (English: Federal border service), however, continued to use the original German design, until both troops switched to the new M92 Aramid helmet.[clarification needed][1]

The M1942 design was a result of wartime demands. From direct orders of the Führer, to ‘maintain intimidation but reduce cost’. The rolled edge on the shell was eliminated, creating an unfinished edge along the rim. This edge slightly flared out, along the base of the skirt, reducing the protection the helmet gave. The elimination of the rolled edge expedited the manufacturing process and reduced the amount of metal used in each helmet. Shell paint colors were typically matte grey-green (Heer) or grey-blue (Luftwaffe), and the decals were eliminated in 1943 to speed up production and reduce the helmet’s combat visibility. Greater manufacturing flaws were also observed in M1942 helmets made late in the war.[34]

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