Original German WWII Square Dip M1934 Steyr Arms Factory Guard Helmet

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is rare very nice original M1934 Civic "Square Dip" helmet issued to the Styer Arms Factory Guards in Austria. Typically the M1934 helmets were issued to various fire and police units as they were lightweight and available.

The Steyr-Daimler-Puch A.G. factories of which Steyr was based in Austria which manufactured myriad products during the War, including land vehicle engines, aircraft engines, small arms of all types (pistols, rifles, sub machine guns and machine-guns), and ball bearings.

The exterior of this German helmet retains about 95% of the original dark blue paint and the Styer insignia is 98% complete. Comes with complete leather liner still intact and tight with all split pins. The leather chin strap is also complete. Overall an excellent condition WWII issue helmet to an important arms factory of the war.

History of Steyr Arms:
Steyr has been on the "iron road" to the nearby Erzberg mine since the days of the Styrian Otakar dukes and their Babenberg successors in the 12th and 13th century, and has been known as an industrial site for forging weapons.[citation needed] The privilege of iron and steel production, particularly for knives, was renewed by the Habsburg duke Albert of Austria in 1287. After the Thirty Years' War, thousands of muskets, pistols, and carbines were produced annually for the Habsburg Imperial Army.

In 1821, Leopold Werndl (1797–1855), a blacksmith in Steyr, began manufacturing iron parts for weapons. After his father's death, 24-year-old Josef Werndl (1831–1889) took over his factory. On April 16, 1864, he founded the "Josef und Franz Werndl & Comp. Waffenfabrik und Sägemühle in Oberletten" (Josef and Franz Werndl & Partners Weapons Factory and Sawmill in Oberletten), from which later emerged the "Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft" (ŒWG, Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company), a stock company (AG) since 1869, of which the Steyr Mannlicher firearm production was a part.

Werndl's cooperation with engineer Ferdinand Mannlicher (1848–1904), who had patented an advanced repeating rifle in use by the Austro-Hungarian Army, made ŒWG one of the largest weapon manufacturers in Europe. First applied in 1890, the Mannlicher M1901, and the Steyr-Hahn M1912 became milestones in auto-loading pistol technology.[citation needed] At the beginning of World War I, with more than 15,000 employees, production output was 4,000 weapons per day.

Aftermath of World War I
After the war, weapons production in Steyr was all but entirely prohibited according to the 1919 Treaty of Saint-Germain, and the company faced bankruptcy. To survive, the ŒWG converted their machinery to concentrate on producing Steyr automobiles under chief designers Hans Ledwinka and Ferdinand Porsche, as well as bicycles (colloquially called Waffenräder ("weapon bicycles")). In 1926 the company changed its name to "Steyr-Werke". The production of Steyr Mannlicher weapons continued in cooperation with Patronenfabrik Solothurn AG at Zuchwil in neutral Switzerland.

World War II
After the Austrian Anschluss to NSDAP Germany in 1938, the Steyr factories were incorporated into the Reichswerke Hermann Göring industrial conglomerate and the outbreak of World War II provided a brief revival in weapons production. Like many other companies, Steyr Mannlicher relied on forced labour, employing from the Steyr-Münichholz subcamp of KZ Mauthausen.
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