German M-35 Souvenir Helmet of U.S. Army 333rd FAGP Sergeant
Many American soldiers brought or shipped home German helmets as souvenirs during the Second World War (1939-1945). This is an example of one such helmet captured by a Sergeant Strong of the United States Army 333rd Field Artillery Group (FAGP). The helmet is neatly painted with several locations the sergeant visited or was stationed, particularly in the French regions of Normandy and Brittany: St. Mere Eglise, Pont l'Abbe, La Hay du Puits, Coutances, Rennes, St. Malo, and Brest. The eagle on the left side is a rendering of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) distinct insignia while the shield on the right is the German national colors. The combination of these two insignia indicate this helmet was captured from a member of the Luftwaffe. The helmet's front features the Allied colors of the United States, France, and Great Britain.
The helmet is a German Model 1935 manufactured by the F.W. Quist company from Esslingen. This is known by the "Q" manufacturer's code on the inner left side. The helmet size is 66cm. A name, Gerhardus, is inscribed in white on the back.
|Germany, United States||World War II|
|Infantry Helmet||1935 — 1940|
|F.W. Quist, Esslingen|