Just got this from a private seller out of Norway of all places who inherited it from a departed relative. I believe that it is therefore safe to assume that this helmet must therefore have been used by one of the original 200,000 Germans placed there in 1940 as a back stop against Hitler’s feared UK invasion/re-invasion. Norway was an important exporter of iron ore to Germany and so in the eyes of the Wehrmacht was worth defending. Sadly for Germany these 200k men could have been much better placed defending the Fatherland from the Red hoards sweeping across from the east especially from mid-1943 till the end of the war. Instead they were stranded in Norway where they most likely counted there blessing until the eventual downfall of PM Quisling.
This helmet is pretty unique in that you don’t see all that many blue gray camo paint jobs around outside of examples for Kreigsmarine helmets, Atlantic Wall camos and in this case a Norway posting. If you imagine the kind of terrain and scenery this soldier would have had to blend in to it’s not surprising he chose this pale blue gray color. I can imagine him defending a Norwegian fjord position with long icy winters and lots of blue reflection glare coming off of the foaming sea.
The aluminum non-reinforced liner band is very early and dated 1937. So we know that it left the factory as an M35 SE66 double decal Heer smooth pea green both inside and out. The original pea green paint can still be seen on the inside and remains completely untouched. At some point during the war the helmet was given a quick and dirty pale blue gray matte paint finish with special care being paid to neatly paint around the existing SE factory issued Heer eagle decal. The chinstrap is dated from my eyes to 1936 but it could be 1938 and has a nice pre-war aluminum slender buckle as it should for the era. It is flipped over and so the brown side with markings is on the outside and black dyed side on the inside. Not clear if the solider flipped it around or this was done at the factory however I would say about 1 in 10 helmets have the chinstrap flipped over like this for some reason so it’s definitely not uncommon to see. The inside liner is untouched and complete right now to the black shoe lace string. With a bit of research one might even be able to identify the original soldier because of the posting number “46” clearly marked on the rear skirt as well as a penciled in name appearing on the inside left which is a bit tough for me to make out but to a German might be very easy to decipher.
A very neat piece of both WW2 and Norwegian occupational history.