M38 ET71 LOT 227 FALLSCHIRMJAGER HELMET (Restored)

BACKGROUND
As a result of observations of the Russian experimentation with the newly developing paratroop personnel in 1928 the Germans began serious consideration of also developing paratroop units and plans were drawn up for formation of such units in late 1935. Both the Luftwaffe and Army eventually established paratrooper units, consisting of voluntary personnel, on January 29TH 1936 and March 31ST 1937 respectively and a paratrooper training school was established at Stendal in early 1937. Originally development of special clothing and equipment was undertaken by both branches of service to provide the paratroopers with functional items specifically designed with parachute jumps in mind until January 1ST 1939 when all the paratrooper units were transferred to control of the Luftwaffe. One of the items developed for the paratroopers was a specially designed helmet first introduced in 1935. This first pattern helmet was found unsuitable and a second pattern was introduced on June 16TH 1938, and remained in use until the end of the war with minor variations.

DESCRIPTION 
Well despite being asked quite a lot and almost never having one I finally was able to track down an original M38 ET71 German paratrooper shell. I could have easily just flipped it as a shell but decided to go ahead and professionally restore it back to 1940 factory specs for any collector out there who wanted a near perfect example but didn't have $10K + to spend on one. The side marking has the correct thin ET71 font and the reverse interior apron is clearly stamped with lot number 227 which dates the helmet shell's production year to March of 1940 according to Brian Ice's lot data book. The adler decal is your classic ET factory pattern and professionally age toned. The inside liner was subcontracted to a guy in Italy who is rather secretive but a leather genius . Even though he is rather slow and expensive I felt this shell warranted both the time and costs involved. The chinstrap is also by the same Italian master giving a slightly aged and worn appearance. All four spanner bolts are the early to mid-war painted version later replaced by unpainted slotted aluminum ones.

German paratroopers were far less common than the Waffen-SS and only numbered 9 regiments 3 of which were never activated which is why these damned things are so rare. If you would like me to paint over this in an aged Normandy camo scheme instead that can be arranged for $200 more.

$2000

Please call, text or email me if interested.
Tel/Text: 1-438-502-5052
Email Us: helmetsofwar@gmail.com

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



$2000

Please call, text or email me if interested.
Tel/Text: 1-438-502-5052
Email Us: helmetsofwar@gmail.com

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

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