German helmet Information, Historical facts and dates
As a German helmet collector I explored the web and the literature to knowledge. There is a lot out there. But compact easy to read information is scarce. So I decided to make a sort of recapitulation myself.
The German word for “steel helmet” is “Stahlhelm”. In 1916 the Imperial German Army began to replace the Pickelhaube with the Stahlhelm. The term Stahlhelm not only refers to the generic steel helmet but more specifically to the well known German design. The Stahlhelm has become an instantly recognizable icon for military imagery and the second World War. The three (combat) models developed in the NS period are he M35, the M40 and the M42.
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