Original German WWII Luftwaffe M35 Single Decal Steel Helmet - Removed 2nd Decal - Q64
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice all original example Model 1935 German WW2 "single decal" helmet with a Luftwaffe Eagle decal on the left side, still fitted with its original M-31 Liner. However, we can clearly see that originally the helmet also had a "National Colors" decal on the right. The use of the second decal was discontinued in 1940, and in 1943 it was ordered that helmets with the national colors have them removed. They were often painted over, but this example was scrubbed off, something we rarely see!
This stamped sheet steel construction helmet retains 80+% of the original correct smooth blue-gray Luftwaffe fliegerblau (flyer's blue) used on early helmets, which would later become textured, and is in good condition overall. There are some chips and scrapes overall, but nothing out of line with a helmet that saw service during the war. The Luftwaffe decal is retained at about 90%, with minor wear and flaking. Definitely one of the better decals we have seen!
The reverse, interior, neck guard apron is serial number stamped 4579 and the interior, left side, apron has the stamped manufacturer's code and size, Q64 indicating that it was manufactured by Quist in the German city of Esslingen. Size 64 is a nice smaller size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 57cm or US 7 to 7 1/8. Size 64 shells are harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
All three liner split pins are still intact, though they have lost almost all of their original paint due to wear and oxidation. The helmet still has its correct M31 liner with all of the 8 fingers present and supple. It definitely does show use, with splitting around the rim, and some damage to the fingers as well. The original size adjustment string is still present, with some past breaks now tied together. The liner band is aluminum, with square aluminum chin strap loops attached to reinforced sides. This is the last pattern before the move to galvanized steel bands. The left exterior of the liner band is marked 64 n. A. / 57, indicating that it is a size 57 liner for a size 64 shell. The right side has the full maker information clearly stamped:
Bln.- Ch'burg 5
This indicates production by the metal and leather working company Werner Zahn, based in Berlin - Charlottenburg, in the year 1939, which fits right into the early war period. The chin strap long portion is still present, with the correct aluminum stud, however the buckle section is completely missing.
Overall a very nice totally correct 100% genuine single decal Luftwaffe helmet with a removed second decal, ready to display! We do not get helmets like these very often at all.
The first "modern" steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915 and were shortly followed by the British army later that year. With plans on the drawing board, experimental helmets in the field, ("Gaede" helmet), and some captured French and British helmets the German army began tests for their own steel helmet at the Kummersdorf Proving Grounds in November, and in the field in December 1915. An acceptable pattern was developed and approved and production began at Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, (Iron and Foundry Works), in the spring of 1916.
These first modern M16 helmets evolved into the M18 helmets by the end of WWI. The M16 and M18 helmets remained in usage through-out the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era and on into the early years of the Third Reich until the development of the smaller, lighter M35 style helmet in June 1935.
The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV, Deutscher Luftsportsverband, (German Air Sports Association), the clandestine, civilian, forerunner of the Luftwaffe on August 18TH 1934, and adopted for wear by the Luftwaffe on March 1ST 1935 along with the national tri-color shield for wear on the helmet.
The first pattern national eagle was utilized until a modified second pattern eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations of June 12TH 1940 discontinued the use of the national tri-color decal and further regulations of August 28TH 1943 abolished the national eagle decal and dictated that it was also to be removed from all helmets although the directives were not completely adhered to.
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