New book for sale, hardcover, A4 format, 234 pages and 1480 pictures of good quality. Look at the Menu, "New Helmet Book for sale".
Welcome to all visitors.
This website has been created by a Norwegian military historian who specializes
in WW2 German helmets. Many of the artifacts shown on these pages have symbols such as swastikas and sigrunes that were used by an evil regime which terrorized the population of Europe almost for 6 years. I proclaim in no uncertain terms that this
website does not support any political ideology including Nazism/Neo-nazism/fascism or any form for racism. Its sole purpose is to exhibit historical military artifacts used by the German troops during the occupation in Norway 1940-1945.
The picture to the right shows the new helmet book with some helmets.The book is in A4 format (210 mm x 297 mm or 8.3 inches x 11.4 inches), hardcover and contains of
256 pages with aprox 1530 images of excellent quality. Aprox 180 helmets are shown. The book covers liners, rivets, shells, factory markings, lot numbers, vent holes, chinstraps, decals and lot more. The helmets shown are M16, M17, M18, M34, M35, M36, M37,
M38, M39, M40 and M42. Fabric painted helmets, re-issued helmets, repainted/overpainted helmets, camo helmets, helmets with camo adaptions and helmet covers. Look at Meny for more details and purchase
description (New Helmet Book).
Foreword by Terry Goodapple.
Review 1 : https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/steel-helmets/new-helmet-book-jan-meland-771314/
Review 2 : https://germanhelmetvault.com/2020/08/07/review-jan-melands-german-helmets-1916-1945/
The new improved edition is ready for sale July 8th 2021.
Approximately 95 % of the German helmets shown were found in Norway and approximately 80 % reside in my collection.
This website is intended
for both novice and advanced militaria collectors. I have concentrated on creating images of helmets and their details rather than written explanations as there are excellent books available covering that aspect.
I wish to thank the many contributors to this website: Lars Aasen, Anders Lehrman, Magnus Sjursen, Gisle Jøntvedt, Tony Schnurr and Roy Akins, who also edited the text.
In creating this website I have referred to the leading internet forum regarding German combat helmets, German Helmet Walhalla.
Books referenced in the creation of this website are:
1. Ken Niewiarowicz – Germany’s Combat Helmets 1933-1945, a Modern Study (2009)
2. Ken Niewiarowicz with
Anders Lehrman – The Helmet Decals of the Third Reich (2016)
3. Brian C. Bell – Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933-45
4. Jan M. Meland & Gisle Jøntvedt – German World War II Helmets & Headgear (2015)
5. Paul Martin - The Camouflage Helmets of the Wehrmacht Volume I (2015)
Jan M. Meland, Bærum, Norway 2017.
helmet is one of the most iconic symbols of the German soldier in World War II. Its distinctive shape evokes the terror and fear the German soldiers created during this difficult time, but also represents a technically advanced military design.
The World War II German helmet was produced from 1935 to 1945 and it's estimated that approximately 25 million were made. During this time there were 5 manufacturers of these helmets:
ET - Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale (later ckl eller CKL). Manufactured models M35, M40 and M42.
Q - Quist, Esslingen. Manufactured models M35, M40 and M42.
SE - Sächsische
Emailler - und Stanzewerke, Lauter (later hkp). Manufactured models M35, M40 and M42.
NS - Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, Schwerte.
Manufactured models M35, M40 and M42.
EF - Emaillerwerke A.G. Fulda. Manufactured models M35, M40 and M42.
As we see from the images, these helmets have vents on the right and the left side and 3 split rivets which secured the liner (metal band and leather) to the shell itself. The actual shape is
designed to protect the head and neck against shrapnel and explosive debris. Additionally, the helmet has a visor that protects the soldier from direct sunlight and rain. The design is optimal and has been adopted by modern combatant forces today such
as the American military's PASGT Kevlar helmet.