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

    Wehrmachtsgefolge:  NSKK - National Socialist Motor Corps Helmets

Helmet Description

Prior to 1939 members of the National Socialist Motor Corps (Nationalsozialistischen Kraftfahrkorps-NSKK) were not issued any form of steel combat helmet.  Those members who rode motorcycles were provided with leather crash helmets that were typical of those worn by civilians.  These crash helmets had the National Socialist Party insignia attached to the front in the shape of a large stamped metal eagle.  In addition to crash helmets, some civic model M1934 helmets were used by the NSKK in limited fashion.  These helmets were the same as those worn by the police although they were typically repainted brown to match NSKK uniforms.  Helmets of this kind were sometimes modified by the addition of a large stenciled NSKK eagle insignia applied to the front of the helmet.

Following the outbreak of war, those members of the NSKK who served in support of the Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) were provided standard combat helmets in the form of M1935, M1940, and M1942 models.  Since the NSKK organization was not part of the Wehrmacht, combat helmets were drawn from both Luftwaffe and German Army (Heer) supply sources.  As a result, most combat helmets worn by members of the NSKK carried standard Luftwaffe or German Army insignia.  This included double decal, single decal, and no decal configurations depending on the date of issue and the regulations that were used at the time.  Wartime photographs indicate that the NSKK was issued more helmets from Luftwaffe supply centers compared to those coming from the Army.

Some NSKK combat helmets were also produced that possessed a NSKK decal transfer.  Helmets of this kind were those issued without Luftwaffe or German Army decals to which later the NSKK insignia was applied.  Decal combinations on these helmets range from both double decal to single decal versions.  Those with double decals have the National tricolored shield applied to the right side of the helmet with the NSKK eagle decal on the left.  Some NSKK helmets were also camouflaged, although the number of originals like this are considered by most collectors to be quite scarce1.


1 A large number of reproduction NSKK helmets have been produced since the mid-1980ís.  These include single and double decal camouflage varieties.

The M1940 NSKK Helmet with Two Insignia (left and right sides)

The M1942 NSKK Helmet with One Insignia (left side)


Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

Information Tracks are organized by subject matter and their content is directly related to the service arm or organization to which each topic is related.  Topic areas that bridge one subject matter to another are cross linked within each Information Track.

This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to steel helmets worn by the National Socialist Motor Corps (Nationalsozialistischen Kraftfahrkorps-NSKK) from 1931-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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Helmet Types

Helmet Insignia

Helmet Photos

    Auxiliary Organizations

Deutsches Rote Kreuz (DRK)

Hitler Jungend (HJ)

Luftschutzwarndienst (LSW)

NS Kraftfahr Korps (NSKK)

Organization Todt (OT)

Reichsarbeitsdients (RAD)

Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB)

Sicherheits-Hilfdienst (SHD)

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