Helmet Finds I and Statistics

This chapter shows helmets found in Norway in the summer/fall of 2017. All were found from advertisements in local papers; no “pickers” were used. I travelled to meet the sellers of some helmets, while others were sent through the mail despite having received only low quality cell phone pictures.

In this chapter I will show some numbers or statistics regarding my finds in Norway. The interesting thing with this research is that my collection or finds are governed by what is available and not what I want as a helmet collector.

Total helmets that have been in my collection are 170 helmets. Today counts my collection 102 helmets. Helmets that are in bad condition are either sold or not registered in these statistics. Not all sales are registered (2001-2005), and not all can be verified as safe fabric types. These are omitted in the statistics.

Heer helmets (only WW2 helmets) with decals which have detectable type of Heer decals are in numbers 42.

19 of these are ET/ckl (M35/M40/M42) and all of them have ET style decals (probably August Juttner) except one which has a Ed. Strache decal (reissue).

11 of these are Quist (M35/M40/M42) and 5 of them have "Big Foot" style decals, 4 have ET style declas and the last 2 of them have Methner & Bürger decals (reissues).

4 of these are SE/hkp (M35/M40/M42) and all of them have ET style decals (August Juttner).

7 of these are NS (M35/M40/M42) and 3 of these have Pocher decals, 3 have Huber Jordan & Körner decals and the last has a Ed. Strache decal (reissue).

1 is a EF (M35/M40/M42) helmet with Huber Jordan & Körner decal.

 

10 WW1 helmets are found in Norway through the advertising. 7 of these are transitionals. 3 are WW1 helmets with WW1 paint, WW1 liners and WW1 chinstraps.

4 transitionals have Methner & Burger decals, 1 has a ET style decal (August Juttner), 1 has a Huber Jordan & Körner decal and the last has a Ed. Strache decal.

 

The following charts show type of helmets and numbers of different manufacturers found by me in Norway from 2005-2017.

 

 

M35 helmets in collection/has been in collection (2017)

78

The number of ET helmets

36

The number of Q helmets

12

The number of SE helmets

13

The number of NS helmets

14

The number of EF helmets

3

 

 

 

M40 helmets in collection/has been in collection (2017)

55

The number of ET helmets

23

The number of Q helmets

17

The number of SE helmets

5

The number of NS helmets

5

The number of EF helmets

5

 

 

 

M42 helmets in collection/has been in collection (2017)

37

The number of ET helmets

18

The number of Q helmets

0

The number of SE helmets

6

The number of NS helmets

9

The number of EF helmets

4

 

 

 

M17 Austrian Heer SD transitional. The decal is a Methner & Bürger. Found in Harstad, North of Norway.

The liner of the M17 above.

M35 ET64 Heer SD reissue with a typical reissue decal. The decal flaked off due to the rough sandy surface. A typical reissue helmet found in Fredrikstad, Norway.

The liner of the M35 reissue above. Notice the paper (some pages of a period German soldier magazine) tucked behind the liner. The paper is placed there to increase the comfort for the wearer of the helmet.

M42 CKL64 ND. Purchased in Asker, Norway. The previous owner found the helmet in Strømmen, Norway.

The liner of the M42 above. The helmet seems to be a depot helmet, never been issued with a draw string nor a chinstrap.

M40 ET64 with a wire attached. Found in Bærum, Norway.

The liner of the M40 above.

M35 ET64 KM repainted in "seagreen" paint. The paint is brushed neatly around the decal. Found in Oslo, Norway.

The liner of the M35 above.

M35 Q64 repainted with a darker green smooth paint. Both decals are under the last paint layer. An early M35 with embossed manufacturer stamp on the liner. Found in Sognal, Norway.

The liner of the M35 above. Notice the missing part of the aluminum band.

M40 ET62 with ship board gray smooth paint. Found in Bærum, Norway.

The liner of the M40 above. The field post number indicates use by a soldier in NSSK/Organization Todt.

M42 hkp64 painted with dark gray paint with woodchips. There is almost no wear on the helmet. Probably taken from a depot in 1945. Found on the west coast of Norway.

The liner of the M42 above.

M35 ET64 Heer SD repaint. Found in Trondheim, Norway.

The liner of the M35 above.

M35 ET68 KM SD. Found in Trondheim, Norway.

The liner of the M35 above.

The KM decal of the M35 above.

Two reissues/repaint (M35 & M40) found in Bærum, Norway.

The liner of the M35 above.

The liner of the M40 above in the picture of the two reissues.