The first “modern” steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915. The German army began tests for their own steel helmet at the Kummersdorf Proving Grounds in November, and in the field in December 1915, experimenting with both captured French and British helmets. An acceptable pattern was developed and approved and production began at Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, in the spring of 1916.
In 1935, the Third Reich developed the smaller, lighter M35 style helmet, and then in an effort to reduce construction time and labor costs, minor modifications were introduced in March 1940 resulting in the M40 helmet. Further construction modifications were undertaken in August 1942 resulting in the M42 helmet.
Made of stamped steel by ET64 (Eisenhüttenwerke – Thale), this M42 Combat Helmet is in EXCELLENT used condition! It retains 95% of it’s original paint and finish, with some slight marks, scratches, and wear due to the age. The Luftwaffe Eagle Decal is approx. 95% complete. Liner is original, but it does feature some damage as you can see in the photos. The chin strap is also original to this helmet, however it is broken and quite fragile. Features a blue paint mark on the top. Would make a PERFECT item for any collection or display!