Original German WWII Overspray Textured Camouflage M35 Single Decal Army Helmet - ET62
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic all original example Model 1935 German WWII Army helmet with a single Heer decal, covered by "overspray" textured camouflage. This stamped sheet steel construction helmet retains 80% of the original paint and is in very good condition overall. The left side of the helmet features an army decal, however it is almost completely covered with the textured camouflage.
All three liner retaining pins are intact, and retain their original textured paint. The interior of the helmet still has the original M31 leather liner with all eight of its fingers intact. The leather liner is in good condition with signs of age and dryness, and an original top tie string. The early pattern aluminum liner band is marked on the side with 62 nA / 54, indicating a size of 54cm. The chin strap is still in good shape, with the expected wear of age.
On the reverse of the shell's interior, the neck guard apron is lot number stamped, 4713 and the interior, left side, apron has a stamped manufacturer's code and size, ET62. indicating that indicating it was manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerk AG, Thale Harz, Germany in size 62.
Overall an incredibly nice genuine M35 Single Decal Heer Army helmet with genuine textured overspray Camouflage paint ! M35 helmets of this quality 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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