Original German WWII Named Luftwaffe M35 Double Decal Helmet with Matching Wehrpass
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic all original named M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe Helmet named to HAASE. Incredibly also included with the helmet is the same soldaten's Wehrpass. These two items were a USGI bring back, according to the family the soldier was killed by the U.S Veteran in April 1945 and these items along with others were taken as a war trophy.
The Model 1935 helmet stamped sheet steel construction helmet retains 95% of the original paint and features a crisp Luftwaffe eagle decal on left side retained at 80% as well as a National Color decal on the right side which is also retained at 80%. The most interesting aspect of this helmet is the name HAASE over 169 painted on the interior rim at the nape of the neck. All three original liner retaining pins are intact. The interior of the helmet still has the original M31 leather liner with all eight of its fingers and original tie string. The liner is soft and supple.
On the reverse of the shell's interior, the neck guard apron is lot number stamped, 032 and the interior, left side, apron has a stamped manufacturer's code and size, SE66 indicating that Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke A.G. of Germany manufactured it. Size 64 is a nice medium large size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 58cm or US 7 to 7 1/4 .
Also included with the helmet is an totally genuine 1940 through 1945 dated WEHRPASS named to what appears to read KURT HAASE. We can't quite make out the solider's first name but his last name is clearly Hasse. The pass was first issued on March 29th, 1940 in Hamburg. Hasse's first regimental assignment appears to have been with the 42nd Luftnachrichten-Regiment 2 (42./Lg.Nachr.Rgt.11) in Heindau in early 1942. He then transferred regiment numerous times through the war including Flak regiments and others, finally ending with the a Fallschirmjäger unit in Prenzlau (Fallsch.-Ers.Brig.2 Prenzlau) in 1945. Condition of the Wehrpass is good with dozens of wartime stamps, handwritten entries, officer signatures and entries. Multiple pages are filled in which would be correct for a soldier that served nearly the duration of WW2.
Overall a fantastic bring back 100% genuine M35 Double Decal Luftwaffe named helmet with matching named Wehrpass! M35 helmets of this quality and interest are always the hardest to find on the market. 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.
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