German M1942 steel helmet : Waffen SS

Accession Number REL/14824
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Helmet
Physical description Leather, Steel
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

German M1942 pattern steel helmet. The helmet is stamped steel with an un-rolled rim. A riveted vent hole is located on either side of the helmet, just below the crown, and a thin metal band has been riveted to the inside of the helmet. The helmet is painted field grey with the 'SS' runes painted in black over a silver shield background which is outlined in black.

Affixed to the left and right of the band are chin strap attachment points. Both pieces of the chin strap are leather. The shorter side has a metal buckle sewn in and the opposite side has buckle holes stamped through the leather. Fixed to the metal ring is a fawn coloured kid leather helmet liner which is secured at the crown by string. There are vent holes punched into the sides of the leather. The liner's size '58' within a circle is stamped onto the rear of the liner.

History / Summary

Type example of a German M1942 pattern steel helmet as worn by all German fighting forces of the Second World War, with this particular example belonging to a member of the Waffen SS.

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