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The Bundeswehr M1 Helmet
Old 03-25-2008, 06:55 AM   #1
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Hello fellow collectors,

I thought that it would be of interrest to some of you
to show some details of the first BW helmet from 1956.

All the information can be found in the book of Mr.Baer , but I think
that this information is only available in german version.

First info is that only two manufacturers were contracted for the shell.
One of these was the well known firm Quist and the other one was
Linnemann+Schnetzer.
The steel that was used was of quite low quality as it was forbidden by the allies to produce the high quality steel of the WWII helmets.

The liners were produced by five different manufacturers.

Let us start with a very fine magazine cover from 1956 !
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:03 AM   #2
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A closeup showing the issue helmet net , and the chinstrap.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:07 AM   #3
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I have three complete helmets in my collection.
All of them are dented as a result of the low quality steel , and
all of them are period repainted on the outside.

All three helmets are Quist made in 1956.
First helmet:
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:09 AM   #4
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Second helmet showing another shade of repaint !
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Third , and as you can imagine, my favorite helmet
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:15 AM   #6
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Inner view of the helmet shell showing dents and manufacturer
F.W.Quist 1956 and lot number 49
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:20 AM   #7
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Another helmet interior has this marking :
SPZ Luthardt in german SPZ means the same as APC
Schützenpanzer = Armoured Personnel Carrier

This helmet is , as you can see from the 20th rate from 1956
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:27 AM   #8
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Now on to the liners.
Mr.Bear writes that 5 manufacturers were contracted to make these liners.
Among these one maker is very well known : S.W.B means
Schuberth Werke Braunschweig.

Here from the magazine some pics showing BW personnel wearing these
liners.
"Bürger in Uniform" means "Citizens in Uniform"
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:30 AM   #9
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Here is a group shot of all five liners I own.
All are made between 1956 and 1959.
Of special note is the fact that not two of them have the same colour.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:32 AM   #10
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Inside look of a liner:
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:34 AM   #11
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Named sweatband:Gefr.Deinert
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That´s it for now , hope you like it !!
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:00 AM   #13
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Bernhard,

Nice thread and a good addition to the West German helmet thread that we had running a few weeks ago. If memory serves me correctly, Baer says that the first issue of BW helmets were purchased from Belgium and would therefore have had Belgian liners. Do you have any of these helmets in your collection?

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Bravo Bernhard!

Excellent photos of this very hard to find combination!

It was also interesting to note that the Bundeswehr made limited use of Bundesgrenzschutz leather gear for use with the G-1 rifle.

We have always wondered about the function of the "d" ring tab over the pockets of the Model 1955 Battle Dress. In the picture in post one, it appears as though the soldier is using it to tie off a lanyard of some kind, perhaps to a compass or code book.

In any event, great pictures, thanks for sharing.

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Old 03-26-2008, 06:45 AM   #15
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Gordon ,TJ

Thank you both for your comments.
I reread the chapter on the first BW helmet in the Bear book , but I only
can say that the government planned to invent the US/Begium helmet
model.
Baer does not state that the germans have actually bought helmets from
Belgium.
Strange for me is one statement about the german helmet industry :
Mr Bear writes that "....after producing the two piece helmet for France
and the US , the german industry was well prepared for the production of
the own BW helmet ".....
Never knew that there was a german production US M1 helmet ??

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