Outstanding Original WWII German LUFTSCHUTZ BEADED M42 HELMET. (StahlhelmM42) Certified
Outstanding Original WWII German LUFTSCHUTZ BEADED M42 HELMET. (StahlhelmM42) Certified. Formed in late 1932 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband, (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members. On September 26TH 1938 a specific helmet for RLB personnel was introduced that incorporated a raised horizontal “bead” between the visors and crown. These helmets commonly called the “Gladiator” style were supplemented with M35, M40 and M42 helmets that also incorporated a raised horizontal “bead” between the visors and crown. The Luftschutz also utilized a variety of captured helmets. Stamped sheet steel construction, M42 style helmet with the addition of an embossed horizontal “bead” positioned at the apex of the front and rear visors and crown. The helmet retains about most of its original blue satin finish. The front center of the helmet has a Luftschutz emblem decal in place which is retained about 95%. The black detailed, silver decal features stylized spread wings with a central oak-leaf sprig and a canted swastika positioned below a scripted banner, “Luftschutz”. The helmet has an embossed cut-out ventilation hole to each side of the crown and all three of the flat headed liner retaining rivets are intact. The interior of the helmet has leather 9 finger civil liner. The reverse interior neck guard apron is well marked with a stamped serial/lot number, “02”, and the left side apron has the manufacturers code and size stamp, “EF66”, indicating manufacture by Emaillierwerk, AG Fulda, size 66. Nice original chinstrap. Has the soldier’s name written inside the liner (see photos). Nice helmet. Typical storage wear, Excellent condition . Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. 100% guaranteed to be authentic. The Gettysburg Museum of History does not support or condone Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party and is only offering this as a historic relic. Please see our other items. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. Great U.S. Vet Bring-back Helmet ! VERY NICE!