Police Civic Helmets
The German Police (Deutsche Polizei)
utilized lightweight "civic" model helmets while working in hazardous
situations. These were worn for the purpose of protecting the
head during regular duty when the weight of a combat helmet was not
needed. The reference to "civic" stems from modern collector
terminology that is used to distinguish these lightweight helmets from
those used in combat. A number of
were produced all of which had a glossy black paint finish.
These variations differed from one another in the way that the helmet
shell was formed. The most common differences were seen in
features such as the angle of the front visor, the angle of the "dip"
where the visor came down at the temples, the number of rivets used to
hold the liner in place (generally four), the type of air vents holes
and how they were shaped, and of course the liner and chinstrap.
All helmets, regardless of model style, generally bore the twin
insignia of the German Police. German Police helmets were
identical to firemen's helmets save
for the fact that they did not have the large aluminum comb at the top
which served as an additional protective feature. Most of the
helmets manufactured for the German Police were made by smaller
companies. These were located in both Germany and Austria.
Some helmet shells were maker marked while others were not.
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The Left Side
of the Civic Model Square Dip Police Helmet.
The Right Side Showing the National
Socialist Party Decal.