Original German WWII Relic M40 and M42 Stahlhelm Helmet Lot - 4 Helmets
Original Items: Only One Lot of 4 Available. This is a fantastic “starter” lot for the young collector. All 4 helmets are in wonderful display condition even though they appear to have been excavated. A few of them retain their original markings and the manufacturers and sizes vary. None of the helmets have liners in them and any paint, decals and wiring was added from previous displays and owners. All helmets do appear to be original period German examples, even the ones we cannot find any markings on.
These are all wonderful items, perfect for a starter collection. Comes more than ready for further research and display.
The Stahlhelm ('steel helmet') is a German military steel combat helmet intended to provide protection against shrapnel and fragments of grenades. The term Stahlhelm refers both to a generic steel helmet and more specifically to the distinctive German military design.
The armies of major European powers introduced helmets of this type during World War I. The German Army began to replace the traditional boiled leather Pickelhaube ('spiked helmet') with the Stahlhelm in 1916. The Stahlhelm, with its distinctive "coal scuttle" shape, was instantly recognizable and became a common element of propaganda on both sides, just like the Pickelhaube before it. The name was also used by Der Stahlhelm, a post–World War I organization for German ex-servicemen that existed from 1918 to 1935. After World War II, the German Bundeswehr (English: Federal Armed Forces) continued to call their standard helmet Stahlhelm, but the design was based on the American M1 helmet. The Bundesgrenzschutz (English: Federal Border Service), however, continued to use the original German design, until both troops switched to the new M92 Aramid helmet.
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