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M35 or M40 Stahlhelm?

Article about: Hello, Here are a few pictures of the German helmet I bought for a mere 350 francs some twenty years ago in Toulouse, in the South of France. I later added a pair of chin straps, which I rec

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    Hello,

    Here are a few pictures of the German helmet I bought for a mere 350 francs some twenty years ago in Toulouse, in the South of France. I later added a pair of chin straps, which I recently discovered were not authentic but the interior is original. The helmet had been painted a horrible green so I did my best to restore it to its 'original' state. My attempt was not entirely successful, I must admit

    Best regards,

    Didier

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    Hi Didier. It looks like a reissued M35. That is, an M35 that was refurbished at a depot, repainted to later war specs of textured paint, no decals and a new liner if needed. From the inside and exposed base layer of paint on the left side, this one may have been a Luftwaffe helmet.

    Hope this helps,
    Andy

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    Wow, thanks a lot, Andy! I did not expect such a complete analysis of my helmet. I always thought there were the traces of a decal on the left hand side, though, because the remaining green paint seems to be in the shape of the typical German helmet decals.

    Cheers,

    Didier

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    That decal outline does appear to be Heer to my eyes.

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    Which seems to confirm Andy's theory, then...

    On second thought (and after having had a look at my documentation), this does not look anything like the outline of a Luftwaffe eagle!

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    You were absolutely right about the liner : I checked and saw the date 1941 on the liner band, so the liner must indeed have been replaced, as this is a M35 helmet

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