Only SE helmets have more pronounced vents on their M40 and M42's.
Here's a close-up of an ET M40 vent.
the shell is obviously original no repros can achieve the correct shape or stamps this one seems to have correct stamping and shape to it but that's all for this helmet..........
Discerning an M40 from an M35 is basic German helmet knowledge , a good book can help with that.
this is one to definitely avoid,,,,
Just my two cents...
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Being a novice in the arena of German helmet collecting and not having a collection of authentic helmets to directly compare with, I rely on the collective expertise of folks in this forum to assist me with purchasing decisions. This is really appreciated and I believe I have avoided getting some bad helmets and at the same time increased my knowledge and appreciation for these helmets. Schwerepunkt seems to be the "Simon Cowell" of the forum and sometimes am amused by his blunt responses. Anyway, thanks for all your responses.
However when a good helmet does come up, there is plenty to say about it, trouble is everyone wants to show off their limited knowledge and they end up slamming a good one, coz they don't know a good one from a bad one.
Just my tuppence worth.
When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling
Pablo, The forums are indeed a valuable resource, but there is nothing better than holding an original piece in hand to experience the weight, smell, look etc. of the piece in the flesh. I would recommend going to as many shows as possible and doing just that. I also recommend that you pick up a few good reference books and study them. The Niewiarowicz book is about the best one out there for Third Reich helmets overall, and the Hicks books on SS helmets are a must if you are interested in strolling through that minefield. It is getting harder and harder to discern the fakes as the forgers are getting better every day. It is up to each of us to learn for ourselves in order to avoid getting stung. That being said, when considering a purchase, you should always seek opinions from those you trust if you are at all unsure, it is much easier than seeking a refund from someone who has already demonstrated that he or she is willing to rip you off in the first place. Regarding Frank, I think that he has vast knowledge, and I have learned much from his responses, he seems to have been correct in his assessments in every instance where I have seen that he has replied to a thread. When there is a helmet posted about which I am unsure, I look forward to his evaluation. Cheers, Jim G.