The German Stahlhelm is perhaps the most recognizable image of World War II (1939-1945). Manufactured in its millions, it was used or copied by many countries. It is still one of the most collected relics of the war; but despite its relative availability, prices have reached levels that challenge collectors to protect themselves by acquiring in-depth knowledge. This book, by a collector of 30 years' standing, offers a detailed masterclass in the patterns, component parts and finishes of the combat helmets used by the German Army, Navy and Air Force. It is illustrated with a superb selection of rare period photos, colour photos of collected examples, and striking colour paintings.
Read an extract of Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933–45
Table of Contents
Introduction · Between the World Wars: Reichswehr helmets · The M1933 prototype models · The M1940 · The M1942 · Production and assembly · Components · Colours & paint finishes · Insignia · Paratroop helmets · Field adaptions