Original Rare German Pre-WWII Luftschutz Civil Air Defense Commercial Stahlhelm Helmet with Liner & Chinstrap - Shell Size 66

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice and rare genuine steel construction 1930s Commercial Stahlhelm (Steel Helmet), which was outfitted for early Third Reich German Luftschutz Civil Air Defense use. These helmets were for the most part identical to the later WWI production M18 helmets, with chin straps mounted directly to the liner band. They still retained the long vent lugs for attachment of a stirnpanzer front armor shield. We measured the shell, and it is a 66cm size with the correct lugs without a step. These helmets were only used during the very earliest years of the Luftschutz, before the M-34, M-35, and other helmets were developed.

The liner system has a leather band with three leather panels, which have padding behind them in the typical WWI style. The chinstrap is similar to the later WWII patern, and is attached to metal standoffs that are riveted directly to the shell, and are not attached to the liner itself. We checked the shell, and it has no production markings at all, probably to obfuscate the origin.

The exterior of this German Luftschutz helmet retains about 80% of the original dark blue paint, with light overall wear, and some areas of paint loss and oxidation. There is some denting on the top, but nothing major, and overall it has a lovely aged patina. The Luftschutz decal is clean and over 95% complete, with just a bit of scuffing, and some areas on the left "wing" lost to oxidation of the shell.

The leather liner is in very good condition, with the expected deterioration from age and wear. It still has the top securing tie, as well as the padding under all three panels. The original chinstrap is a bit delicate, but still complete. The top of the liner has some of the blue paint from the shell on it, so this was repainted in the field, after the liner had already been fitted.

Commercial Stahlhelm Luftschutz helmets are probably the rarest variety of the Luftschutz style and are very hard to find. This is a very good example, and sure to appreciate in value over the years. Comes ready to display!

Formed in late 1932 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband, (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after AH ascension to power the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members. On September 26TH 1938 a specific helmet for RLB personnel was introduced that incorporated a raised horizontal "bead" between the visors and crown. These helmets commonly called the "Gladiator" style were supplemented with M35, M40 and M42 helmets that also incorporated a raised horizontal "bead" between the visors and crown. The Luftschutz also utilized a variety of captured helmets.

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