New Life of German Helmet

New Life of German Helmet

Most people, having met such a rotten piece of iron, would have thrown it away. But for me, it was the first helmet I found. German helmet M42 –  legendary element of equipment of a German soldier, which made the image of the soldier unforgettable.

German soldiers

German soldiers marching in Berlin.

Stahlhelm (plural Stahlhelme) is German for “steel helmet”. The Imperial German Army began to replace the traditional boiled leather Pickelhaube (spiked combat helmet) with the Stahlhelm during World War I in 1916. The term Stahlhelm refers both to a generic steel helmet, and more specifically to the distinctive (and iconic) German design.

The Stahlhelm, with its distinctive “coal scuttle” shape, was instantly recognizable and became a common element of military propaganda on both sides, just like the Pickelhaube before it.

German soldier in a helmet photo WWII

German soldier in helmet.

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.

The upper part of the helmet was pierced by a fragment of a shell and deformed. It was found in artillery positions.
In the process of cleaning, traces of winter color were found on the helmet. So the soldier lost him in December 1943.

After cleaning, the helmet was in very bad condition .. I did not believe in the success restoration of relics helmet.

Helmet after cleaning

Helmet after cleaning, condition is very bad.

Read: Restoration of the German award

But my friend who was engaged in restoration is a master of his craft! Just look at the result:

helmet after restoration

Helmet after restoration. Photo by Sanchez.

helmet after restoration front view

Helmet after restoration (front view). Photo by Sanchez.

The helmet has become an adornment of my collection.



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