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 264 pages with aprox 1540 images of excellent quality. Aprox 185 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).
The book has been sold to 36 different countries around the world and to 32 different states in USA. Total copies sold (October 2021) are aprox 1300, most of these in the English version.
Foreword by Terry Goodapple.
NEXT PRINT IS PLANNED DURING NOVEMBER 2022
YOU CAN PREORDER A COPY THROUGH EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
Reviews from purchasers and readers :
- To Jan Meland. Thank you for sending your signed copy of German Helmets 1916-1945. This book is a masterpiece. Your intellectual content, combined with unique aesthetic presentation,
- Shipment arrived. EXCEPTIONAL BOOK. FANTASTIC. Thank you very much.
- You’re a success here in New Zealand. People love your book. It’s very good.
- Received the book, Jan. My kids love it!
- Hi Jan. The book has arrived! Perfect packaging no problem. Thanks! PS. my job is a typographer and I must say you did a good job with this book.
- Hi, I’ve had a chance to have a better look through the book now and nice work. I really like the lay out and find the explanations of the differences in design, decals, straps etc. easy to follow and well explained which I find especially
important as a novice to this field. Howe ever what I particularly enjoy as the examples that are accompanied by a bit of the history behind that particular helmet. In my collection understanding the history of the item where possible is a big thing for me
and I have enjoyed reading those bits in the book. You even manage to include some family history I see. What this has done is make me some more consideration to obtaining my first German helmet.
- Received my delivery, Fantastic book
- learning a lot as I am very new. Thank you for signing and wrapping it so carefully.
- Book arrived yesterday, thank you. It is a great reference book. Great job!
- Thank you for
the book, Jan, it is very well done... love the detailed and close-up pics!
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.
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 (2004)
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.
The German 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.