The M1940 helmet first appeared in March
1940 following a redesign of the manufacturing process which now
incorporated more automated stamping techniques. The first
helmets issued received only one decal on the left side of the helmet.
In 1943 this factory applied decal was discontinued in order to comply
with orders issued by the Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht.
Helmets of this type were characteristic of having rolled edges and
stamped air vents that
were embossed directly into the steel shell. Paint configurations
ranged from medium to very dark (almost black-green in color) with
various degrees of texture. Some helmets also exhibited a "slate
grey" color that was either field or factory applied. The interior of the helmet remained
smooth painted unless it was factory or field modified and then
re-issued. Many M1940 helmets appear heavier in weight when
compared to M1935 or M1942 helmets. This is specifically true of
helmets that were manufactured by the
Quist firm. These helmet shells are generally well formed
and heavy compared to other German helmets of the era. Most
M1940 helmets received the second pattern zinc liner band system.
However, those introduced in 1940 and early 1941 often have the first
model aluminum liner bands. These are appropriately date marked
between 1940 and 1943.
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