Pre WW2 German M33 Duck-bill Police Helmet.
The M33, or M1918 double vented civic helmet, was a lightweight interwar helmet used by the Police and Fire departments. Its First World War coal scuttle shape makes it one of the more unusual German civic type helmets, as opposed to the more commonly encountered M34 model, which were used and constructed postwar. This exhibit features the outline of a decal on its right side and has also been over painted black for postwar Austrian use.
WW2 German M35 DD Luftwaffe Camo Helmet
The Model 1935 was the first pattern of helmets developed and used extensively by Germany prior to and during the Second World War, evolving into the M40 and M42.
Despite being in relic condition this M35 example still exhibits the vague outlines and colours of its decals. What is also interesting to note is the position on the rim where the chinstrap was worn, and also the remnants of black and brown camo paint, which corresponds nicely with the fact that it was found in the South of France.
WW2 German M35 DD Luftwaffe Helmet
Model 1935 Double Decal helmet used by ground units of the Luftwaffe, featuring the First pattern "snake leg" eagle decal on the left side and the National Colours decal on the right. Smooth paint was used on early Luftwaffe helmets. As was common on such examples this helmet has been reissued with a later (1941 dated) identified by its rounded chinstrap bale corners, as noted on the M40 version below. Note also that the air-vents were separate pieces of metal to the actual shell, The maker is Eisenhuttewerke (ET).
WW2 German M35 SD Luftwaffe Helmet
Model 1940 Single Decal Luftwaffe helmet, featuring the Second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal. These helmets did not include the National Colours decal and tended to have rougher darker paint. As opposed the the M35, the air-vents were pressed into the shall and not a separate piece of metal. The liner is dated 1942, while the chinstrap is hallmarked for Ebensburg and dated 1941. The maker is Sachsische Emailler (SE).
WW2 German M42 Heer Helmet
A mid-war apple green helmet used by the Heer (army). The pressed air-vents and flared rim denote it as a Model 1942. This helmet also exhibits the oval dome inspection stamp, visible in the crown. As was correct the helmet displays no decals. The helmet was found in France and is typical of a standard issue combat helmet. The maker is Thale (NS).
WW2 German M42 Helmet
At the end of the Second World War many helmets were melted down. The remainder, which were not pressed into postwar service in other countries or taken as war souvenirs, found themselves being used for more humble civilian purposes, such as farm implements, chamber pots or cooking strainers, to mention the most obvious. This particular Model 1942 example ended its days as a scoop for feeding pigs.
1962 West German Bundesheer M62 Helmet
Inspired by the profile of the US M1 helmet, the West German Bundesheer helmet featured a lining system similar in style to that of the M1931, although its lining was attached using a bolt at the crown and was adjustable with the addition of a rubber crown pad. Again the chinstraps are dark OD and reflect those of the US M1, being sewn onto the chinstrap bales and fastened with a brass prong and snap buckle of a different design.
1987 East German DDR Border Guard's Officer's peak cap.
An Officer's peak cap of the DDR Grenztruppen (Border Guards). The cap style reflects that used by Officers during the Second World War, with its aluminum chinstrap, pitted side buttons, cockade, and peak shape and style. The marking of NVA denotes the National Volksarmee, while the date code of L signifies a 1987 date.
An excellent reference on the DDR Grenztruppen can be found here: East German Grenztruppen der DDR Oberstleutnant's Uniform.