WW2 DOUBLE DECAL KRIEGSMARINE TRANSITIONAL HELMET
When the German Wehrmacht began to rebuild in the 1930s, they procured whatever helmets were available.This included depot stocks of WWI M16, M17 and M18 helmets and used helmets produced in Austria and Bulgaria. These helmets are referred by collectors as 'transtionals'. Early transitionals retained their original WW1 paint, liners and chinstraps but were fitted with Third Reich decals. Subsequently the helmets were upgraded with smooth paint (the same field gray found on the M35), M31 liners, modern chinstraps and a set of decals; these are referred as classic transitionals. As the war progressed and the manufacturing demand for helmets increased, German forces in occupation or garrison duties were often equipped with remaining stocks of WWI helmets or WWI transitionals. These helmets were reissued with textured paint, M31 liners, modern chinstraps and a decal on the left side only.
This helmet is an early produced Transitional helmet. The helmet is an unmarked Austrian shell Period over-painted Blue/Green with a Gold toned eagle decal for Kriegsmarine to one side and a National Colours decal to the other side. Three pad liner inked stamped issue pads are still present indicating early transitional issue as later transitional's were issued with the standard WW2 liners. No chinstrap present.
This is a rare helmet as issued to the German Navy (kriegsmarine) and would make a great addition to a German WW1/2 helmet collector.