I once heard this particular configuration of a helmet as the "ubiquitous" mid war German army helmet. I prefer the word "iconic" single decal Heer. Well if you love mint decals than this beauty will definitely win you over with a near 100% ET factory eagle. The inside liner is mid-war pigskin so it has that nice football feeling to it. There is a little bit of rust along some of the inside edges most likely from being place down somewhere moist for a period of time however the outside is pretty much as nice as one could expect from a wartime combat helmet. Chinstrap is original and marked "dla 43" but was broken off at the end and so I re-attached it using a thin mylar strip and some leather glue for a nicer more continuous appearance.
A beautiful mid war fighting man's helmet.
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GERMAN HELMET FACTORY PRODUCTION CODES
(Every original German helmet produced from 1935 to 45 had two factory stampings punched into the side and rear or both in the rear. The alpha numeric number refers to the factory location and the inside metric circumference in centimeters. The rear lot number refers to the production run and was used as a quality control measure. The font styles used at each factory were slightly different but highly consistent throughout the war and so fakes or reproductions will either not have these numbers at all or they will use the wrong font style or letter spacing and so are easily identified as post war made.)
(FS or EF)-Emaillierwerke AG, Fulda, Germany
(ET or ckl)-Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale, Germany
(Q)-Quist, Esslingen, Germany
(NS)-Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte, Germany
(SE or hkp)-Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke, Lauter, Germany