In 1934 the
firm of Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale
undertook preliminary testing and prototype design of the M1935 helmet.
The basic design was similar to the World War I helmet, although it
was more compact, lighter in weight, and carried an updated look.
The helmet was press formed in several stages using sheets of
molybdenum steel. Separately inserted hollow rivets replaced the
large air vent lugs found on World War I helmets. The rim of the
helmet continued to be rolled under for a smooth edge. Beginning 1 July 1935 requisitions for the
M1935 were placed through the Procurement Office of the Army and Navy
located in Berlin. This included requisitions for helmets issued
to military and civilian police units. The M1935 was the first helmet worn at the
outbreak of World War II and many were used to the very end of the
conflict. Nearly 1.4 million M1935 helmets were manufactured in the
first two years following of the helmet’s introduction. German
Police (Deutsche Polizei)
M1935 helmets are characteristic of the typical smooth field gray
painted finish common to all early helmets. Helmets received two
decals generally consisting of the un-bordered Police Eagle decal and
the standard National Socialist Party shield. Occasionally
helmets can also be found bearing the bordered version of the Police
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The Left Side
of the M1935 Combat Police Helmet.
The Right Side Showing the National
Socialist Party Decal.