Original German WWII M42 Single Decal Luftwaffe Helmet Shell Marked ckl 64
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice all original example Model 1942 German WWII helmet shell with a single Luftwaffe Eagle decal. The shell is stamped c[kl] 64 under the rear skirt, indication it was manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerk Factory in Thale, Germany with batch number 2762 stamped into the rear apron. 64 Is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 59cm or US 7 to 7 3/8. Size 64 shells are always hard to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Eisenhuttenwerk changed manufacturer code from ET to ckl, which occurred during final production of the M40 and initial production of the M42 models. M42s can be found with ET stamps and M40s with ckl stamps. The change to an ordnance code (ckl) was to protect the identity and location of the manufacturer from the Allies. Notice the lot number 2762. The lot number indicates the particular batch of sheet steel that was used when a quantity of helmet shells were produced. This was accomplished through several steps of press-forming or hot-stamping the shells. The lot number serves as a control number for the manufacturer and as an extra stamp of approval.
The helmet retains about 85% of the original lightly textured Luftwaffe Blue-Gray paint, and shows wear and spots of oxidation where the paint has flaked away. The decal is approximately 80% complete with small sections missing from the wings and body of the eagle. All three liner retaining pins are missing as well as the liner and chinstrap unfortunately.
Overall a nice condition genuine Service Worn M42 Single Decal Luftwaffe helmet shell! This is an item that will only continue to appreciate in value over time.
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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