This is a very nice WWII German S.S. Model 1942 single decal helmet that remains in complete and very good condition. The shell is painted in the standard dark green, combat finish and is without dents or damage. On the right-hand side is a beautiful SS runic decal on silver background with black border. This decal is approximately 98% and shows light wear from actual field use. The leather liner is perfect and completely undamaged, remaining strong and supple. The original cord at the tips of the liner fingers remains in place. The three liner rivets are factory tight and have never been out of the shell since the day the helmet left the factory. The full-length leather chinstrap is a reproduction and dated, “1940” at the tip. The rear interior of the skirt is marked, “ckl” and “64” indicating manufacture by the Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale and shell size, 64 centimeters. Below this is the helmet lot number, “2985”. This is an extremely fine example of the Waffen SS M42 combat helmet and one that any collector would be happy to their collection. Just an outstanding example.
The Eisenhüttenwerke in Thale was the largest of all helmet production facilities during World War II. The Thale plant played a principle role in the preliminary and ongoing design of the new M1935 steel helmet that would eventually be worn by all combat troops of the German Armed Forces. The Thale plant began producing steel helmets for the German military during World War I. In keeping with tradition, the Procurement Office of the Army and Navy awarded the Thale plant with one of two initial contracts to produce steel helmets. Thale engineers worked on the principle upgrades that modified the M1935 through various stages resulting in what is known today as the M1940 and M1942 models.