The following comments are taken from
personal interviews with World War II German veterans who served
honorably in various branches of the German Armed Forces (Deutsche
Wehrmacht) and Armed-SS (Waffen-SS) from approximately 1939 to
1945. Most served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts and
ended their service time in captivity with various Allied
countries in many different locations.
In some cases the names of certain
veterans have been omitted to protect them from unsolicited
comments regarding their service time in the infamous ranks of the
Third Reich. One must bear in mind that as young men these
veterans were sent off to war to serve their country. Like
most servicemen, they were drafted and simply went into service to
fulfill their duties. The period between 1939 and 1945 was a
high time for nationalism in many countries, not just Germany.
Their comments have been condensed to
provide the most important elements of their recollections
regarding the helmets they wore during their service time.
These interviews took place in person, or were completed by
surveys along with the use of a translator. When possible,
the interviews took place in Germany.