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Steelhelmet of the West-German "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

Article about: Hi, this is a steel helmet M 1951 of the West-German Bundesgrenzschutz (BGS) - Federal Border Guard. After the Federal Border Guard was founded in 1951 as a kind of paramilitary police force

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    Hi,

    this is a steel helmet M 1951 of the West-German Bundesgrenzschutz (BGS) - Federal Border Guard.

    After the Federal Border Guard was founded in 1951 as a kind of paramilitary police force to replace the army (similar to the KVP in the GDR / SBZ), the German steel helmet as it was used until 1945 was reintroduced and maintained until the 1990s.

    At the beginning, remnants of M35, M40 or M42 helmets were used or these steel helmets were collected at scrap yards or dismantling areas.

    These helmets have undergone an overhaul. They received a new inner lining, with some eyelets were welded on for the chin strap and they received a sandy texture in the color black-green RAL 6012.

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951


    With the establishment of the Bundeswehr in November 1955, the Federal Border Guard increasingly lost this importance.
    Parts of the Federal Border Police were also transferred to the Bundeswehr. As a result, the "old" helmet was worn again in the army for a while before it was exchanged for the German M1 clone.

    The inner lining was rather a bad hybrid solution between the US style and the Wehrmacht M31. For this reason, work was quickly carried out on an improvement and a new lining was introduced as early as 1953.
    The inner lining was attached to the helmet with three rivets.

    There are 2 versions of the early M 1951 helmet and inner lining. One version has recycled M1931 outer rings with chinstrap holders, the second version has a new ring with a suspension function and welded chinstrap eyelets.

    From 1953, the majority of these M 1951 helmets were converted for the new 53 inner lining. For this reason, they are rarely found today.

    I want to show you the version with the shit chinstrap eyelets.

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951



    The inside of the helmet is marked with "SW".

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951



    This is likely to be the "Schuberth Werke, Braunschweig" ("Schuberth works"), which refurbished the helmets and provided them with new linings.

    This is an M42 from World War II, which has been revised as described.
    The manufacturer and LOT number can still be seen in the neck light.
    The chinstrap should also come from the 2nd World War.



    Have fun watching.
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    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

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    Details from the inside
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  


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    The helmet covers.

    In the early Federal Border Guard, helmet nets, bread bag straps and helmet covers were used for camouflage.

    Here as a picture a postcard "Federal Border Guard in action".

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    The hood of the poncho was used as a helmet cover. With laces it is possible to fix the cover well.

    This cover / hood has a slightly modified splinter camouflage pattern of the German troops from World War II.
    The background is lighter and the brown is more "chocolatier".

    On the inside, the cover / hood is light, so that it can be used as a winter camo cover.
    The cover was often provided with a rubber band or inner tube band.

    The reference to the helmet shown is drawn here.

    Here the summer-side
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951   Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

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    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

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    and here the winter side
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    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951  

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    Fantastic helmet, fantastic cover, fantastic informations, fantastic presentation!!!

    Thanks for showing this rare and very nice set.

    Kind regards
    Basti

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    A very nice and informative post... and quite a rare variant of the M42 as well. Many thanks for posting.

    Cheers,
    Steve

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    Interesting helmet, Sleepwalker !
    Thx., for showin´!

    I guess, I do have a similar example in my collection, tryin´to find it.

    Best,
    R.

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    Thanks for a REALLY informative thread - answered a lot of questions on these.

    You are right, that liner is sh*t!!! .... man they dropped the ball after the war compared to the wartime build quality of BOTH the liner system and the covers. ( I wonder why they just didn't keep the old liner design??? )
    " I'm putting off procrastination until next week "

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    Hello and thanks for the feedback.

    Yes, it is quite incomprehensible why such inner linings were used.

    I think it was just a short-term interim solution.

    In 1953, just two years later, an improved helmet with an inner lining based on the old German M31 lining was introduced.

    The helmet model 35 has been regularly criticized since 1935.
    It had too many straight and concave surfaces, openings for rivets and ventilation holes, which did not make it particularly safe under fire. Its introduction was also shaped by politics.

    Improvements were already being made during the war, which were continued in West- and East-Germany after 1945.

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    Hello,

    another M1951 helmet from the Federal Border Guard with the M51 interior.
    The lining is adjustable to head sizes on the inner ring.
    The chin strap holder, a steel eyelet, is welded to the shell.

    An M40 shell from World War II was used here.

    The paintwork in RAL 6012 old is typical of the early Federal Border Guard.


    see also:

    Helmet of the West-German "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951 - Part 2




    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

    Steelhelmet of the West-German  "Bundesgrenzschutz" - "Federal Border Guard " - M 1951

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