- The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

    Austrian Reissued Helmets

During 1940 and 1941, many helmets used by the German Army (Heer) were refurbished for field combat use.  Some of the efforts at collecting and repainting helmets took place prior to the invasion of both France (1940) and Russia (1941).  Surplus helmets, including Austrian pattern World War I helmets, were often collected and repainted by military personnel stationed at supply depots.  This fully documented helmet came to the US as a war trophy by a former member of the US Army.  The helmet was acquired in 2003 from the family of the deceased veteran's estate.  This helmet sat untouched for more than 40 years in the basement of an old home in Iowa, USA.  The helmet features the typical dark field gray paint finish which was applied by hand using a brush.  This example is virtually unissued, and features the early transitional model chinstrap common to many helmets used in the mid to late 1930's.  Some of these chinstraps continued to see service during the early war years as part of the effort to convert older helmets to front line worthiness.  The shell is a large sized 66cm with a 58cm second pattern zinc galvanized liner band.

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