i would like to introduce you this great „ M35 - ET66 Winter Camo “
The M35 helmet comes from Eisenwerke Thale/Harz in size 66
The Lotnr. is 4772
Based on lotnr. the Helmet was produced between January and March 1940.
Air Force, Army, W-SS and Police helmets are registered in this lotnr. series from 4770-4790
The helmet was found on a estate in the battle area of Demyansk.
At this area german SS Totenkopf Division and 5 german infanterie divisions of 16. Armee fought in Kesselschlacht from August 1941 to October 1942 till it´s liberation.
The helmet is a ground dug preserved fantasticly for over 70 years by blue clay.
It is in overall great condition.
As you can see the winter painting is in great condition as well and very well preserved.
From the wear tracks of the color the carrier has probably worn the helmet with this winter camouflage for longer time.
Inside it has the original apple green paint.
Liner system with double alu liner band and „rounded D-Rings“ is from:
Metall-Lederverarbeitung W.Z. Berlin Charlottenburg 5
it´s stamped with 1940 and size 59
Transition period to steel lining system from later 1940
Apart from the discoloration the liner is in good condition and fully flexible as well chinstrap and drawstring.
On left side under the air vent you can see the outlines of a decal under winter paint.
There are two black S-contours shimmering through in the middle of decal.
Decal outlines are 40 mm high and 33 mm wide and was off center to air vent but 5 mm to the right and 2 mm mounted twisted to the left.
On the right side there is a „ 10 “ in the neck shield wrapped?!
What could it mean a unit or....?
Also you can see the removed decal on the right.
The scratches and removing of decal seems to be very old.
In other places where winter camo is off the helmet has partially gray-brown-green color.
Maybe a camouflage color below winter tarn?
Maybe we can imagine what the soldiers went trough at this terrible time!
Would appreciate your thoughts!
Thank you very much