hey Doug, I think SD variant it is quite appropriate for this nomenclature. It fits the points you raise quite well.
I also want to mention for the others, this helmet I posted was won by an SD officer named Martin wolf. Wolf worked in Himmler's begleit-kommando and also Karl-Herman Frank's staff in Prague for about a year. so there is a strong SD connection with this pattern. I will post my other SD later.
Interesting. I have a couple of period pics of the einsatzgruppen wearing these civic type helmets. According to the source this is a photo of the einsatzgruppen in the east rounding up one of their victims. Can't really make out if the decals are early variant types, or your common Pocher. Here u go, gents...
Here's my SD, pretty much twin to Doug's in terms of the decal variation and the SD / Gestapo connection. Along with the RZM I posted, this makes three of these in the known collecting world to date. Maybe someone out there can turn up another?
This helmet is named to Staffel-Scharfuhrer Friedrich Schroven, of Stapo-stelle Osnabruck. He resembles a prize fighter... probably from the days of turmoil, fighting the socialists and others... Also of note, there is a set of decals underneath these decals, in reverse order, i.e. an SS shield (cant tell what kind) under the party shield, and a party shield under the SD variant runes.
Interesting example. Is that a 4 pin version?
By the way, Doug, if you look closely at the photo I posted, both are wearing the rare 3 pin M34's like the one u own.
That's a killer Kelly. There has to be a relationship between this and an SD contract in a similar fashion to the VT decal / VT and the FR / LAH and what I presume to be the PB. The Austrian variant is VT / DF or perhaps TK / Elbe?