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Wehrmacht M40 Winter Camouflage helmet

Wehrmacht M40 Winter Camouflage helmet

Wehrmacht M40 Winter Camouflage helmet

£375.00

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£375.00

Wehrmacht M40 Winter Camouflage helmet

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Wehrmacht M40 Winter Camouflage helmet

Relic condition Wehrmacht M40 winter camouflage Helmet
size about “63” steel lid (not visible) Severe Battle damage to one side and an exit to the rear.
Overall a very nice battle damaged M40 Wehrmacht winter camo helmet, Some of the green paint is visible in patches as to the colour underneath, a rusty but solid example .

This has just come in from the Ardennes , with a buttoned smock and ski poles which are on this site.

Wehrmacht M40 Winter Camouflage helmet

n 1935 the Wehrmacht adopted a lower, lighter version of the M1916/18 “coal scuttle” helmet; this became the ubiquitous German helmet of World War II, worn by all branches of the Wehrmacht and SS, police, fire brigades and Party organizations. Collectors distinguish slight production variants as the M35, M40 and M42. Heer helmets were originally painted “apple green,” a semigloss feldgrau somewhat darker than the uniform color; wartime factory and field painting covered a gamut from very dark black-green to slate-grey to olive-green (and sand-yellow in Africa), increasingly in matte or textured paint to eliminate reflections. The Army began issuing camouflage helmet covers in 1942, first in Splittertarnmuster (splinter-pattern) and then in Sumpftarnmuster (swamp/marsh or “water” pattern); these were never plentiful and individual soldiers frequently improvised helmet covers from splinter-pattern Zeltbahn (tent/poncho) fabric, or less frequently hand-painted their helmets in camouflage patterns. Soldiers would also cover their helmets with netting or chicken wire into which foliage could be inserted.

Prewar and early-war Army Stahlhelme had shield-shaped decals on either side, black-white-red diagonal stripes on the right and the Heeresadler (Army eagle) in silver-grey on the left; in 1940 the national colors and then in 1943 the eagle were discontinued, and existing decals were often covered up during repainting.[f] During this early period, SS helmets carried a red shield with swastika on the left and a white shield with the SS sig-runes on the right. The Navy was as the Army but with the eagle in gold, and Luftwaffe helmets substituted that branch’s eagle.

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