M35 ET66 TROPICAL TAN CAMO SD HEER REFERENCE FACTORY

This German helmet is an NS64 indicating manufacture by the Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte, Germany.   The lot number is 6006.

This German helmet is an ET64 indicating manufacture by the Eisenhuttenwerke firm in Thale, Germany.  The lot number is 463.

This German helmet is a rear stamped late war Q66 indicating manufacture by the FW Quist firm in Esslingen, Germany.  The lot number is T4678

The helmet is a desirable SE66 indicating manufacture by the Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke firm in Lauter, Germany.   The lot number is 3950.

The strap is maker marked Rahn & Kampmann, Wuppertal, 1938.

Here is an excellent example of a tan tropical camo single decal army helmet in a desirable large size M35 ET66 with almost 90% original paint still remaining.  Most tan camo helmets are referred to as tropical camo helmets because it is unclear whether or not that tan was used in Greece, Italy or even the southern Balkans however based on my own experience those theaters of war tended to have a tan or dark beige paint while the real DAK’s tended to be slightly more of a darker yellow tan.

Interestingly enough after a very close inspection I’ve determined that this helmet actually has 3 layers of paint and so was definitely sent back to the depot and re-issued at some point.  So the narrative is basically as follows as best I can ascertain. Firstly this left the factory sometime in 1935 with it’s early ET goth style font and based on it’s 2720 lot number and so would have had a very early pea green smooth finish and been a double decal Heer army helmet with a non-re-enforced aluminum band with an enamel smooth paint finish both inside and out.  Then most likely sometime in 1940 the helmet whose liner was most likely kaput or broken as the non-re-enforced aluminum bands were prone to breaking was replaced by a rounded bale 1940 style liner and the entire helmet both inside and out was re-sprayed in dark textured feld grau paint as is a common practice with many re-issues where they actually used textured paint on the inside as well as the outside.  Then due to battle field conditions the outside factory re-issued paint was damaged, missing or beginning to rust through and so not wanting to spray the tan paint over top of bleeding rust the solider in the field went ahead and used a paint brush to re-apply some dark feld grau textured paint and even painted on the inside front rim of the helmet so you can clearly see that a 2nd layer of brush paint was applied.  While adding this second layer of field applied textured paint the soldier was a bit sloppy in his application and actually spilled a little globule of paint over top of the head of the ET eagle as seen in the up close photos.  Then he carefully masked off the decal and used a large vehicle pneumatic spray gun to add the last layer of tan camo paint which appears to be have battle worn for at least a few years in theater so you can see this soldier really fought on the front lines most likely under Rommel’s command structure.  Also of interest is that all three split pins are the pre-war version solid brass with a nickel plated finish and have all their back prongs only having been bent over only once proving that the liner was never removed or changed out after 1940.  The chinstrap is missing part of it’s long end and it’s early war aluminum buckle and original to the helmet.

As with most tan camo helmets whereby the solider would have been exposed to sweltering desert heat and perspiring profusely the liner is a bit on the salty side just as we would expect.  The eagle took a bit of a hit down the center line but then again this helmet was actually in a war and so these helmets took a lot of hits.

$1550 SOLD

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