German Motorized Gendarmerie Brown Crash Helmet
This is a German motorized gendarmerie crash helmet from the Nazi era (1933-1945). It is made from pressed fiber with a thick pad that wraps around the middle and a leather visor. The entire helmet is painted brown to match the brown in the gendarmerie uniform. Featured on the front is a large police eagle national emblem with wreath and swastika made from polished aluminum. This eagle is the same type worn on the police shako. A leather flap extends from the back to cover the wearer's ears and neck and forms a chinstrap to further stabilized the helmet on the head.
The interior lining is made from leather in several tongues that adjust to the wearer's head by a drawstring. It is similar to the Model 1931 liner worn in the German combat helmets of the period. The black tag stitched to the interior reveals the EREL (Robert Lubstein) company, a well-known producer of caps and fiber helmets, manufactured this crash helmet.
|Germany||World War II|
|Vehicle Crew Helmet|
|Robert Lubstein (EREL)|