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German helmet factories today

Article about: Hey guys, Apologies if this has already been posted before, but I thought it would be interesting to look at what the 5 main producers of the German helmets look like today, and their locati

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    Hey guys,
    Apologies if this has already been posted before, but I thought it would be interesting to look at what the 5 main producers of the German helmets look like today, and their location from Google Earth.
    Hope you guys enjoy!

    First factory is Emaillierwerke A.G. (EF)

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    Eisenhüttenwerke (ET)

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    Quist (Q)

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    Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke (NS)

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    and finally Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke (SE)

    I don't know if this factory still exists, but here is an estimate of its location

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    Interesting to see where some of our helmets were "born"!

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    Interesting. I didnt know that so many of these factories survived the war. I have to wonder if they have stacks of mint helmets in their basements. Probably nit, but a man can dream.

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    Quote by Panzersaurus View Post
    Interesting. I didnt know that so many of these factories survived the war. I have to wonder if they have stacks of mint helmets in their basements. Probably nit, but a man can dream.
    you put a nice dream in my head I am thinking of it now.

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    Cool pictures, first time I saw them. There is probably at least 1 mint helmet, caches are found from time to time. This could probably be one of the (rare chance though).

    Anyone know if Bundeswehr helmets are made in Germany still? I read on a website that Flecktarn uniforms are not made in Germany. (not sure if site is credible).

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    Quote by Panzersaurus View Post
    Interesting. I didnt know that so many of these factories survived the war. I have to wonder if they have stacks of mint helmets in their basements. Probably nit, but a man can dream.
    Im sure there is a cache out there some where, yet to be discovered

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    Okay guys my original post was a joke but it looks like there may have been a grain of truth. I have been doing some research and found this basement stash of practically mint, untouched helmets! http://tinyurl.com/helmetstash

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    If I can 'piggyback' onto Ninelives' great thread on the helmet factories, I can add some more information.

    Firstly, the SE factory in Lauter. The Sachsische Emailler und Stanzwerke ( Saxon Enamelling & substance Factory )
    is now trading as OMERAS, still doing enameling and metal cladding for buildings.
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    The new works are behind the old wartime factory which is being ( has been ) demolished.
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    The old factory is along the K1192 road and the photo was taken where the red star is.
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    The Emaillerwerk AG, Fulda ( Enamelling Factory ) or EF as we know it was one of the last factories added to the production list.
    The firm also used slave labour most likely in the form of Russian men and women.

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    The Enamelling factory in Fulda still exists …… but part of it has been converted into a shopping mall and retail precinct!!!!!
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    As for Quist - well they stopped making helmets in 1960, & filed for Bankruptcy in 1981.

    Located next to the cutlery firm of Freidrich Dick ( which relocated to another city in 1997 ) the old Quist factory survived proposed demolition in the 1990's because of it's heritage construction and like Dick, its history in Esslingen as a silverware maker ( just don't mention the war! )

    Both the factory's iconic named chimneys survive and the buildings have achieved monument listings so unlike the SE factory, wont be demolished, thankfully!!

    Cheers, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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