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eMedals-An Outstanding M42 Waffen-SS Combat Helmet with Single C.A. Pocher Reverse Decal

Item: G25365

An Outstanding M42 Waffen-SS Combat Helmet with Single C.A. Pocher Reverse Decal

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An Outstanding M42 Waffen-SS Combat Helmet with Single C.A. Pocher Reverse Decal

This is a textbook example of a wonderfully preserved M42 raw edge helmet with original field green exterior, air vents on either side, and C.A. Pocher Waffen-SS runic on the left side. The inside is also painted in field green and comes complete with its original eight-panel butterscotch-coloured leather liner, each with five ventilation holes, and an additional hole at the tip for the original drawstring. The original two-piece leather chinstrap is perfectly intact with only minor cracking from minor wear and age. The steel buckles of the chin strap are firmly attached to the liner’s steel frame of the helmet with its three original pins. The underside of the skirt is stamped “NS66”, and “D359” immediately below. The helmet measures 297 mm x 245 mm x 165 mm. The original paint on the interior is nearly perfectly preserved, with the exterior paint having contact marks and scratches from use; however, it is also extremely well preserved There is nearly no soiling on the leather liner with only minimal wear marks towards the front. The chin strap is lightly cracked with a minimal 1 mm tear between the 7th and 8th adjustment hole. Overall in better than extremely fine and a highly desirable helmet.

Footnote: The M42 Stahlhelm came into Wehrmacht service in 1942 and was entirely a result of wartime demands. Due to inter-wartime production troubles and lack of raw materials, the M1942 helmet was introduced with an unfinished edge along the rim, with the edge slightly flared out. The elimination of the rolled rims signature to earlier models accelerated the manufacturing process and reduced the amount of material needed in each helmet. Beginning in 1942, decals were more often applied by the soldier himself instead of the factory to speed up the manufacturing process. After 1943, decals were eliminated entirely to further increase the rate of production and to reduce visibility of the helmet in the field. This particular helmet features a rarely encountered Waffen-SS runic placed on the opposite side of what was standard regulation, often referred to by collectors as a “reverse decal” helmet. In the past collectors have documented that this decal configuration can be attributed to Dutch or Belgian volunteers serving in the SS with a “first pattern” C.A Pocher manufactured runic decal that was applied by the soldier, not the factory, on the left side of the helmet, as opposed to the standard right side. (C:13)

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