LUFTSCHUTZ BEADED M40 HELMET.
History: Formed in late 1932 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband, (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29th 1933 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members. On September 26th 1938 a specific helmet for RLB personnel was introduced that incorporated a raised horizontal "bead" between the visors and crown. These helmets commonly called the "Gladiator" style were supplemented with M35, M40 and M42 helmets that also incorporated a raised horizontal "bead" between the visors and crown. The Luftschutz also utilized a variety of captured helmets.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Stamped sheet steel construction, M40 style helmet with the addition of an embossed horizontal "bead" positioned at the apex of the front and rear visors and crown. The helmet retains about 98% of its original blue satin finish. The front center of the helmet has a Luftschutz emblem decal in place which is retained about 95%. The black detailed, silver decal features stylized spread wings with a central oak-leaf sprig and a canted swastika positioned below a scripted banner, "Luftschutz". The helmet has an embossed cut-out ventilation hole to each side of the crown and all three of the flat headed liner retaining rivets are intact. The interior of the helmet has leather six finger civil liner size marked 56. The reverse interior neck guard apron is well marked with a stamped serial number, "6395", and the left side apron has the manufacturers code and size stamp, "Q64", indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 64. Nice original chinstrap. This helmet has the name Hanna Leibfritz inked on the liner showing issue to a Female. Clean helmet.