Factories (Hersteller)

The factories that produced the German combat helmet

Eisenhüttenwerk Thale

The Eisenhüttenwerk Thale (with ET and later ckl stamped in the shells) exists already before 1900. It was the biggest producer of German helmets in World War I an II. Not surprising that they were the first to press the M35 when the German army began to grow before World War II. Eisenhüttenwerk Thale was the only producer that made shells of sizes bigger than 68 cm. The plant still exists but is much smaller nowadays.

Eisenhüttenwerk Thale (1930)

Eisenhüttenwerk Thale (1930)

F.W. Quist Esslingen

F.W. Quist was a metal goods factory in Esslingen am Neckar. The Quist holding was established in 1866 as a painting and Metal parts factory.
Frederick William Quist handed over the operation in 1899 to his sons Edmund and Fritz Quist. After Frederick William Quist died in 1903, the factory was led from 1904 by Fritz Quist. He remained managing director until his death in 1951. The company was converted into a GmbH in 1936.
Quist produced tableware and table accessories in the style of that time. Until WW II the focus was entirely on the range of table utensils. In 1916 they started to produce steel helmets and other military supplies.
Already in the interwar period F.W. Quist went in 1935 back to arms production. They submitted a patent for the production of steel helmets, which was admired by the inventor of the steel helmet (Professor Schwerd) during a company visit in 1936. The M35 helmet production started in 1938. Quist also produced the M40 (until 1945), the M42 (few) and also made fire and air protection helmets. After the war helmets were produced until about 1960, for example the M40 for the Bundesgrenzschutz (BGS).

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F.W. Quist Esslingen 2011

Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke AG Schwerte

From the start, the links between Deutsche Nickel GmbH and Schwerte were close. As early as 1872, Nickel Alloy semis were being shipped from Schwerte to customers throughout the world. In 1878, Theodor Fleitmann, the founder of Deutsche Nickel GmbH, discovered what was then a revolutionary breakthrough and still forms the basis for entire Nickel processing industry – by adding Magnesium, he succeeded in making hot Nickel suitable for rolling and forging. His next R&D success was to roll-bond-clad Iron plate with Nickel, Copper and their alloys. This was a unique process at that time and remains the basis for modern cladding techniques. Read more…

Nickelhütte Schwerte (1930)

Nickelhütte Schwerte (1930)

Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke Lauter

Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke Lauter

Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke Lauter

Emaillierwerke AG Fulda

Emaillierwerke AG Fulda

Emaillierwerke AG Fulda (2010)