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

Information TracksGerman-Helmets.com is organized into easy-to-use “Information Tracks” that aid in finding specific topics related to the category of most interest to the reader.

Within each Information Track can be found a general overview of the subject combined with active cross links to related subject areas.

Each Information Track contains wartime photos, historical notations, and photographs of original World War II German helmets.

Subject Areas

Reichswehr – The Armed Forces 1918-1935

The inter-war years preceding the rise of the Wehrmacht was a troubled one for Germany as there were few funds to support a large national military force. Read about World War I model helmets and how they were used during these difficult times.

Heer – The German Army 1935-1945

As the largest fighting branch of the Wehrmacht, the German Army (Heer) issued more helmets than any other arm-of-service. Read about the various models that were used and how war brought about a change in design, color, and insignia.

Kriegsmarine – The German Navy 1935-1945

Although small compared to Allied navies, the Kriegsmarine operated not only on the sea but also on the land. Read about the various helmets that were used by naval troops from coastal artillery units to those who served onboard Germany’s famous ships.

Luftwaffe – The German Air Force 1935-1945

Under the leadership of Hermann Göring, a fledgling German Air Force rose from a convoluted group of political and aviation organizations to eventually command the skies over Europe. Read about the helmets that were worn by Luftwaffe personnel both on the ground and in the air.

Schutzstaffeln – Units of the SS 1934-1945

The fighting arm of Hitler’s SS rose to power from a group of highly trained body guards serving the Führer. Read about the helmets worn by the early Allegemeine-SS and the elite Waffen-SS.

Deutsche Polizei – Police Units 1933-1945

On the home front and in the battle zones, German police units wore a wide selection of helmets. Read about the helmets they used in locations such as cities, rural townships, and the Russian Front.

Freiwillige – Foreign Volunteers 1939-1945

More than 2 Million foreign nationals volunteered for service with the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during World War II. Read about the helmets they wore and the insignia they used to denote their unique status among combat troops.

Politische Gruppen – Political Groups

Examine the history behind the helmets worn by non-military organizations such as the SA and DAF that maintained special protection units that closely paralleled those of the German Police.

Wehrmachtsgefolge – Auxiliary Organizations

Many organizations that supported the Wehrmacht also wore protective helmets. Examine the various helmet types and insignia used by the NSKK, Org.Todt, RAD, RLB, and many others.

Quick Helps

Appraisals – Authenticate or sell your helmet
Care & Preservation – Maintaining your helmet
Glossary – Commonly used terms
Helmet Q & A – Commonly asked questions
Helmet Types – M1935, M1940, and M1942
Quick ID Chart – Identify a helmet
Site Search – Search the Site
Photography: All helmets photographed on this website are original World War II era items that have not been modified or postwar altered. Images are protected by copyright.

About This Site

German-Helmets.com is a non-political website dedicated to the study of steel helmets worn by military and civilian organizations of World War II Germany. More than 450 pages of web text and high quality photos are ready for you to read and view. The website is the largest of its kind found anywhere on the internet.


This website seeks to serve a wide spectrum of interests including those of military historians, helmet collectors, scale modelers, World War II enthusiasts, and Living History re-enactors. Since May of 2000, German-Helmets.com has been the most comprehensive web-based reference guide on the subject of World War II German helmets. The material contained in this website has been thoroughly researched and is factual information for the collector and military historian.

The content of this website is organized into specific “Information Tracks” that allow the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the variety of steel helmets (Stahlhelme) worn by men and women serving in the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) and affiliated organizations from 1933 to 1945. German-Helmets.com continues to grow as information is researched and gathered from a number of both new and established sources.

We hope to build on our progress as we expand the content and detail of this website for all who might benefit from it. We are certain you find the site easy to use and helpful! If you have questions please contact the Webmaster.

Helmet Photography

POLICE-SHAKO-WEB-smallA special selection of helmets that have been photographed for study. The majority of helmets originated from the private estates of US servicemen who brought the items back as war souvenirs.

What to Look At


  • Get a free evaluation of your prized collectable or family heirloom
  • Q&A regarding some of the most frequently asked questions
  • Take a look at what Wehrmacht veterans have to say about the stahlhelm
  • Look up collecting terms in the glossary
  • Contribute something to this website
  • Read candid book reviews on this subject
  • Read one of our special articles of interest
  • Learn more about researching helmets

Items For Sale

Please check the Market Place to view new updates, consignments, and other items for sale.

Helmet Book

military-heritage-2009Article published…The author of this website released an article on WWII German Police helmets in the April 2009 edition of Military Heritage Magazine. The article features information and photos of WWII German police helmets and their origin and history.

BOOK-SMALLBook released…The author of this website released a book on the German helmet. Read more about what the book entails. Copies of the book can be obtained at almost all books stores nation-wide including the publisher Osprey Books in the UK.

Collectors Topics

Camouflage – Camouflage techniques used by the Wehrmacht
Chinstraps – Leather chinstraps, makers, and markings
Decals – Information about German helmet decals
Dome Stamps – Crown markings inside German helmets
Factory Production – How German helmets were manufactured
Foreign Use – German helmets in use by other countries
Helmet History – The development of the German helmet
Liner Systems – What went into the helmet shell
Paint – The nature of wartime paint and coloring
Rare & Unusual – Strange, curious or unique helmets

Reproduction Helmets

Fakes and Reproductions – Information on counterfeit helmets