The lower portion of the helmet extends outward at the sides and rear to form a throat (sic) and neck apron.
The design offered far more protection than designs chosen by the opposing British and French forces.A gap must exist between the head and the leather liner so that, if the helmet is dented by impact, head injury is circumvented. MÃ¼ller Jr., Berlin; Werner Zahn, Berlin; Biedermann und Czarnikow, Litzmannstadt and Karl Heisler, Berlin. gratis ficktreffen Lübeck Model 1940 (M-40) Single (Double) Decal Helmet “SE” A near mint example of a galvanized banded helmet liner (SE Model 1940 M-40 steel helmet) and drawstring. Liners were produced by Schuberth-Werk, Braunschweig; Biedermann u. By examining surviving specimens, it is not difficult to identify the helmet producers based on their abbreviations found inside the helmet shell.Contemporary records dating to June of 1916, show one helmet out of a lot of 101 was tested for steel integrity on the rifle range during ballistic testing – multiple shots at a distance of 40 meters using an antiquated black powder 1871 11mm Mauser.If the inward dent exceeded 2mm or other failure occurred, a further 5 helmets from the lot were to be tested.
Dating german helmets
These factories are known today by collectors as “the big three”.The German military went to great lengths to insure quality control of their helmets.The helmet is coated inside and out with a rust-proofing grey-blue paint. Applied three millimeters under the ventilation holes are: a) on the right side, a shield-shaped device in the Reich’s colors (black/white/red), and b) on the left side, the service insigne of the Luftwaffe in a silver-grey color (for generals, technicians and officials of general rank a gold colored insigne). The helmet is manufactured in five sizes: 60, 62, 64, 66 and 68. The central axis of the insigne must fall exactly in the center of the ventilation hole and must be perpendicular to the rim of the helmet. This means that the inner circumference of the helmet at the point where the dome meets the apron is the measured size.Early production M16 helmets are known to collectors as “square dips”; due to the way the flare in the skirt dips in a square shape from the bill to the skirt.
Engineers at the Eisenhüttenwerk plant (where these early helmets were produced) ended up modifying the design slightly due to the fact that during the manufacturing process the helmet’s skirt would often crack.
It is believed that more then 7 million helmets were produced during the period of 1916-1918.
The largest share of these helmets was produced by Eisenhüttenwerk, Thale, AG, F. Bellinger, Fulda, and Eisenhuette Silesia, Paruschowitz Oberschlesien.
One notable feature of the design are two raised “horns” or Stirmpanzer lugs set on each side of the helmet.
These lugs were deigned with the due purpose of ventilation and to accommodate a removable sentries’ steel brow plate or Stirmpanzer.