Helmets and Headgears
Headgears collecting, including helmets is one of the most popular modern kinds of collecting. Despite its size, military helmets, side caps and uniform caps are looking good at shelves and represent not only history and geography but also developing of military technologies and self-defense devices.
Helmets developed and made in Germany in the first half of XX century is a special object of interest for collectors. Germans one of the first realized that artillery developing and new conditions of war actions claim better protection of soldiers from the top. First leather “pickle-helmets” was designed then was scientifically developed and designed famous steel helmets (Stahlhelm) that got M16 mark and proved itself greatly during World War I. Helmet M16 was many times upgraded in 1917 and 1918 when its buffer’s fixing and number of holes in a steel dome were changed. Designing of lightweight officer helmet and special helmet with lower socket (or skirt) opened soldier’s ears was also belonging to that time.
Next serious modification of German helmet happened during Adolf Hitler’s regime when all state organizations were militarized. In the 1930s on the base of M16 model (that became a sign of German soldier and army power) special helmets for policemen, firemen and civilian defense were created. All these models have small differences that make them interesting and desirable for many collectors.
In 1935 new model of steel helmet for German army was designed and named M35. Since beginning of war and increasing of financing charge helmets had to be simplified. First modification was made in 1940 and got M40 mark and the next one in 1944 (M44) when financial status of Third Reich collapsed because of failing Hitler’s war. There are helmets of different German authorities in Eagles Victoria’s collection and also Red Army helmets including so-called Halhingolka (SH-36) of 1936 model that is the first helmet produced by Soviet Union and included into Workers and Peasants Read Army’s inventory.