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    Waffen-SS (Armed-SS):  Transitional Helmets

Transitional Helmets

Waffen-SS helmets that can truly be called "transitional" in nature are those that were first issued to SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) units.  These special units were the first to begin using field gray painted World War I model helmets of the M1916, M1917, M1918, and Austrian patterns.  Many of these transitional helmets received a second coat of hand painted field gray paint.  However, a good number also retained their World War I paint finishes as well.  Modified by the addition of the first pattern SS runic decal and National Socialist Party shield, these helmets were quickly pressed into service and used through the late 1930's until most units were equipped with the newly introduced M1935 helmet.  In fact it was not until March 1941 before the SS ordered the removal of all older model World War I style helmets from rear area support units.  Some of these helmets were also repainted in textured field gray paint and given single runic decals in late 1940 and early 1941.  However in the early years of the SS they continued to bear smooth paint finishes both inside and out.  Early transitional model helmets were always given first pattern runic shields and no helmets bearing second pattern decals have ever been considered "original" by modern collectors.

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    Primary Topics
Transitional Model Helmets M1935
RZM Helmet M1935 Reissued
Fiber Parade and Ceremonial M1940
Field Repainted M1940 Double Decal
SS Main M1942

The Right Side of an Early SS-VT M1918 Helmet.

 

The Left Side of the SS-VT M1918 Helmet.

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