Polizei Decals and Party Shields

Polizei decals stand out from Heer, KM and Luftwaffe decals by the use of a political style eagle. The eagle and swastika, which is surrounded by an oakleaf wreath, are on a black shield.

As with Heer decals, there are a number of different variations. Early Polizei decals are called "borderless" due to the missing white border that is found on later Polizei decals. All polizei helmets, M35, M40 and M42 have decals on both sides of the helmet; the eagle on the left side and the party shield on the right. The party shield represents the Nazi party flag - a black swastika within a white circle placed on a red shield.

 

Polizei decal (borderless) on an M35 ET.

Party shield on the same M35 ET pictured above.

Polizei decal (borderless) on an M35 Quist. Notice the eagle’s wide neck and the prominent black border around the swastika. This decal was manufactured by Methner & Bürger, Berlin.

Party shield on the same M35 Quist pictured above.

Polizei decal (borderless) on an M35 Quist.

Party shield on the same M35 Quist pictured above.

Polizei decal (borderless) on an M35 Quist. This decal is another version used on Quist helmets and differs from the Quist decal displayed above. Note that the decal has been placed on top of another decal with a layer of paint in between. Both M35 Quist helmets were found in the same area in Norway. They are the same size 66 and have the same lot number.

Party shield on the same M35 Quist pictured above. Heavy cracking has been caused by the existence of a second decal underneath the repaint.  It appears that the German soldier had touched up the swastika with black paint.

Polizei decal on an M35 NS. Note the fine details and the row of talons clutching the oakleaves.

Party shield on the same M35 NS pictured above.

Polizei decal (bordered) on a M40 Quist.

Party shield on the same M40 Quist pictured above.

Polizei decal on an M40 SE.

Party shield on the same M40 SE pictured above.