Four Production Stages of the Austrian Model 1958 Steel Helmet
The image above represents four of the seven stages of production of the Austrian Model 1958 Stahlhelm II worn by Austrian forces during the Cold War era (1947-1991).1 The helmet was designed in the likeness of the American Model 1 (M-1) and other helmets worn by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces. The profile of the finished helmet is almost identical to that of the M-1.
The first stage is a circular piece of blank steel cut from a larger sheet. This piece of steel forms the basis of the entire helmet.
The second stage is a machine stamped shell with a flat rim and a dome. In this stage the helmet resembles a British Mark I or similar American Model 1917.
In the third stage, the shell is stamped again, taking the shape of the M-1 with a much more pronounced rim. However, the helmet remains largely unfinished. The edges have yet to be rolled and are very sharp.
The fourth stage sees the helmet shell completed with chinstrap loops, a rolled edge, and an olive drab coat of paint. At this point the helmet is ready to receive its liner and be prepared for shipment.