Seldom seen Werk-Luftschutz (Factory Air Defence) Factory Helmet from the BMW Motorenwerke A.G. Munchen. Maker stamped RL2-40/2 (1940). Complete with Liner and chinstrap, although liner is damaged in one place (see picture) and is missing the drawstring. Liner sized at 58. About 98% of the original blue-black paint intact. A few small dents in the top front.
A First World War-era Prussian enlisted man's brass belt buckle in good un-cleaned condition. Would benefit from a good polish but I like to leave that to the buyer’s discretion. Pin a bit stiff but all intact and a wearable piece of history. Gott mit uns ("God with us") is a phrase commonly used in heraldry in Prussia (from 1701) and later by the German military during the periods spanning the German Empire (1871 to 1918), and the Third Reich (1933 to 1945).
Mid to late war Luftwaffe Issue ‘Tropical’ M43 Cap. Intact but stained in places and slightly grubby. Machine woven Luftwaffe Eagle & Swastika slightly worn. Peak made from compressed paper/card as standard. Slight pen/pencil mark to the top of the cap (see picture) but hardly noticeable. No visible markings inside although I estimate the cap to be size 58.
‘Feuerschutzpolizei’ (Fire Protection Police) M34 Helmet in good condition. Has one tongue missing from leather liner and slight crack in silver comb to top front of helmet. The Feuerschutzpolizei was a fire fighter unit in Nazi Germany and a branch of Nazi Germany's Ordnungspolizei, formed in 1938 when the German municipal professional fire brigades were transferred to the national police
Relic Luftwaffe ‘M40’ Stahlhelm (Steel Helmet). Original blue-grey and Luftwaffe Eagle & Swastika still visible. Liner has long since gone but the liner band still remains. Helmet size I would say is ‘64’. A haunting relic that came from France.
Scarce and excellent condition German M42 ‘TeNo’ (Technical Emergency Help) Helmet. Issued with the ‘Dutch type’ TeNo decal. Helmet shell stamped with the issue number 2952 and with the maker’s details ‘ckl 64’ for the maker: Eisenuttenwerke, Thale. Size 64 shell. Liner and chinstrap also in good clean condition. Owners’ initials ‘TK’ lightly scratched inside neck guard. Technische Nothilfe or 'TeNo' (Technical Emergency Help) was a German organisation. It began as a strikebreaker organisation after the First World War, but developed into a volunteer emergency response unit. During the 1933-1945 period 'TeNo' became in charge of technical civil defence.
World War 1 issue ‘M16’ Steel Helmet ‘Stahlhelm’ Shell only with NO liner. Original field grey paint. Nice clean solid shell with no rust. Makers stamped ‘NJ.62’ for the maker: Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, Schwerte i/Westfalen. Size 62 shell. Shell dome is batch marked R224. Becoming hard to find in good condition.
World War 1 issue ‘M18’ Steel Helmet ‘Stahlhelm’ Shell with POST WAR liner which can be taken out if required. The shell is named, although I cannot make out the name. The M18 has ‘straight’ lugs and no lower rivets, unlike the M16. Original field grey paint. Nice clean solid shell with no rust. Makers stamped ‘SI.66’ for the maker: Eisenhuette Silesia, Paruschowitz Oberschlesien. Size 66 shell. Shell dome is batch marked 16508. Becoming hard to find in good condition.
Wehrmacht Infantry NCO’s Peaked Cap in good condition. Just bought in from Germany. Celluloid diamond has come off and has an indistinct makers mark. Slight age stains on the top, a few tiny moth nips but otherwise a nice complete cap complete with cockade and leather chinstrap.
World War 1 issue ‘M16’ Steel Helmet ‘Stahlhelm’ Shell ONLY, no liner. Original field grey paint inside, but outside painted mat black at some point in its life. Scratched and scuffed paintwork. Nice solid shell. Makers stamped ‘G62’ for the maker: Gebrueder Gnuechtel A.G., Lauter. Becoming hard to find! Photograph not included.
‘M43’ Helmet Stahlhelm Shell in good clean condition but with no liner. Maker marked ‘ET’ for the maker: Eisenhüttenwerk Thale / Herz. Germany. And with a slightly indistinct shell size due to thick paint, which I think reads ‘62’. Nice solid example.
‘NSDAP ‘Ortsgruppenleiter’ (Local Group Leader) Visor Peaked Cap. Good condition throughout although slightly grubby on the back around the top edge and under the visor (see pictures) and with a few fabric ‘scrapes’ in the same area. Celluloid diamond intact. I would estimate the size as 58. Ortsgruppenleiter was a Nazi Party political rank and title, which existed between 1930 and 1945. The term first came into being during the German elections of 1930, and was held by the head Nazi of a town or city, or in larger cities, of a neighbourhood, for the purposes of election district organisation. After 1933, through the process of Gleichschaltung, the position of Ortsgruppenleiter evolved into the Nazi leader of a large town or city or of a city district.