German Luftwaffe M-42 Helmet with Chicken Wire Camouflage
This is a German Luftwaffe M-42 helmet from World War II (1939-1945). The helmet features a Luftwaffe eagle national emblem on the left side. Chicken wire covers the top half of the shell for camouflaging purposes. The wire is attached to the shell by a set of hooks placed under the skirt of the helmet. The soldier would place local foliage or other camouflage materials and insert them through the wire mesh. On the inside is a leather M-31 liner. The liner is attached to a metal band that is then fastened to the helmet by a set of rivets.
A part of the leather chinstrap is still present and was broken when the veteran who took this helmet as a souvenir hung it from a nail for many years. The manufacturer is Emaillierwerke A.G. from Fulda, and the shell size is 66cm. This is known by the stampings on the rear skirt, which also suggests the helmet was produced between 1943-1945 when some companies moved their manufacturing stamps from the inner left side to the rear of the helmet.
|Germany||World War II|
|Infantry Helmet||1942 — 1945|
|Emaillierwerke A.G., Fulda|