Original German WWII Luftschutz Civil Air Defense Beaded M35 Helmet marked EF66
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice and somewhat rare genuine steel construction M35 "Beaded" Third Reich helmet, outfitted for German WWII Luftschutz Civil Air Defense use. These helmets were essentially like the Military issue, however the steel was not as thick or as high quality. They were given a "bead" around the edge, to avoid mixing them up with the military version.
The exterior of this German helmet retains about 95% of the original dark blue paint, with light wear, and only a few tiny dents. The helmet retains the original split pin rivets, with most of their original paint. The Luftschutz decal is clean and 90% complete with only a few scuffs and minor degradation.
Comes with complete leather liner in size 58, with the cork washers still intact and tight with all split pins. The liner does have some wear and dry rot around the edge, and is missing one of the fingers, but it is still supple. The top tie strap is unfortunately missing, and the leather chin strap is present, but in somewhat delicate condition.
Shell is stamped with the manufacturers code and size EF 66, indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, Germany manufactured it. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to 59cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 3/8. Size 66 shells are much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector. It also is stamped with batch number 20681 on the interior of the rear skirt.
M35 Beaded Luftschutz helmets are the rarest of all the Luftschutz style and very hard to find. This is a great example, and sure to appreciate in value over the years.
Formed in late 1932 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband, (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members. On September 26TH 1938 a specific helmet for RLB personnel was introduced that incorporated a raised horizontal "bead" between the visors and crown. These helmets commonly called the "Gladiator" style were supplemented with M35, M40 and M42 helmets that also incorporated a raised horizontal "bead" between the visors and crown. The Luftschutz also utilized a variety of captured helmets.
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