Original German WWII Named Army Heer M35 Service Worn Camouflage Helmet with 1941 Dated Liner - ET64

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredibly nice condition, all original example of a German WWII M35 helmet, issued to the Heer (Army). This stamped sheet steel construction helmet retains about 75% of its original camouflage paint, and definitely shows service wear. It is painted in a very nice mixture of green and tan camouflage while the interior has the early war version with more green in the mix.

There are no decals present on the helmet and appears that the right decal was an SS one. There are very tiny bits of the decal left but it shows that the decal was at least white in color with a black border. This is a really nice example of an original helmet with lots of patina!

The reverse, interior, neck guard apron is batch number stamped, 4010 with a rank and name for a Lippold, and the interior, left side, apron has a stamped manufacturer's code and size, ET64 indicating that it was manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerk AG, Thale Harz, Germany in size 64. Size 64 is a nice medium 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 retaining pins are intact, with exterior paint retained well on all three. Two of the three split pins are loose, not a cause for concern. Helmets extensively worn, especially in combat, have loose rivets. The interior of the helmet still has the original M31 leather liner with all eight of its fingers intact with the top tie string. The liner leather is in good shape, with some wear through around the edge, and is dark from sweat and age. The side of the galvanized steel liner band is marked 64 n.A. / 56, indicating that this is a size 56 liner for a size 64 shell. The right side displays the full manufacture information, as well as a date:

B. & C.

This liner was made by Biedermann & Czarnikow, a German company who moved operations to Łódź in occupied Poland to take advantage of the slave labor in the ghetto located there. NSDAP authorities renamed Łódź to Litzmannstadt in honor of the German General Karl Litzmann who had captured the city in the previous World War.
The liner was most likely field replaced after the original liner deteriorated. The chin strap is present, yet delicate.

Overall a very nice 100% genuine M35 Camouflage Army helmet! It looks great, and all components are totally period correct! 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.

In 1934 tests began on an improved Stahlhelm, whose design was a development of World War I models. The Eisenhüttenwerke company of Thale carried out prototype design and testing, with Dr. Friedrich Schwerd once again taking a hand.

The new helmet was pressed from sheets of molybdenum steel in several stages. The size of the flared visor and skirt was reduced, and the large projecting lugs for the obsolete armor shield were eliminated. The ventilator holes were retained, but were set in smaller hollow rivets mounted to the helmet's shell. The edges of the shell were rolled over, creating a smooth edge along the helmet. Finally, a completely new leather suspension, or liner, was incorporated that greatly improved the helmet's safety, adjustability, and comfort for each wearer. These improvements made the new M1935 helmet lighter, more compact, and more comfortable to wear than the previous designs.

The Army's Supreme Command officially accepted the new helmet on June 25, 1935 and it was intended to replace all other helmets in service.

More than 1 million M1935 helmets were manufactured in the first two years after its introduction, and millions more were produced until 1940 when the basic design and production methods were changed. This mainly involved adding the vent hole to the stamping process, as opposed to adding the rivet later.

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