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Luftschutz Polizei and Feuerschutz Helmets.

Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by Skipper, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    This is a new thread to show different type of Luftschutz helmets. It is not my intention to show what the difference between the several type are (most of you know that) , but I'd rahter show , with comparison pictures, that all these models were also used by combat units (icluding Volksturm, rotekreuz, etc..) and not only Home front.
    Of course I will also show Homefront use since the Fireman, Rubblecleaning, shelter supervision, Police aticvities were the primer use of these models.

    Nb: unless otherwise mentionned all hemets shown are from my collection



    1) Luftshutz helmet (regular model , this model is without a decal (both existed as shown on the pic ).
    It is a mix between the m-42 helmet and the Gladiator Luftshutz model. It has no feuerschutz ventilation and is not shaped like one either. In fact it almsot like a Heer model except the rim around it.



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  2. belasar

    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    The guy on the right in the last picture should get a refund!
     
  3. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    I hope I'll get some serious comments too.

    Here is Feurer Polizei helmet with Schutz Polizei decal. I has the aluminium cret that was used with the M-34 model and which were removed after 1938 (see picture) .

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  4. belasar

    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Sorry skipper I cound not resist. they are great photos and I am learning something so I hope you will forgive the Jester this time :)
     
  5. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    No problem Belasar it's just that I'd expected some informative comments before the usual jokes.

    Here is the inside from the above mentionned helmet.

    Note the makers stamp . Most of these helmets were repainted in 1945 (to hide emblems) but sometimes you have agood surprised by cleaning one. My Schutz decal came out 60% .

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  6. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    A Gladiator Lutschutz model (shell) with battle damage. I counted 12 impacts , 5 perforated the helmet. The decal depsite a little impact has survived. This helmet was picked up by a souvenir collector immediatly after the war and despite the impact has no rust and is in original condition.

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  7. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    and a military use of the Luftschutz helmet in 1945.

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    These helmets are either navy blue or black , but there were many variants. I still need to find the Gladiator helmet that was made from one piece.
     
  8. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Nice lids, Skip!

    I have a number of theses type of helmets in my collection including a three piece and one piece Luftschutz.

    The M35, 40 and 42 beaded types are still eluding me but I'll have one or all someday...I hope!

    There are a number of theories at to why the beading was incorporated in to the combat style shell. One is that it was done during production to indicate a defective shell thus preventing it being used in combat. Another was that it was added to simply identify it as a Luftschutz or factory protection personels helmet.

    I'm more inclined to agree with the latter theory.

    These are my Luftschutz helmets

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    Three piece variant which I've repainted with the correct RAL colour and added a new decal (the helmet was rusted and lacking almost all of its exterior paint when I got it)
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    And this is my civic 'curved dip' fire helmet which has been repainted at some point in its life.
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  9. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    Great lids John, the funniest is that I only recently learned about the one piece helmet.
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    The Luftschutz 'Gladiator' helmet was produced In one, two and three piece versions.

    If my memory serves me right, the one piece was the first to be produced, and even though the the later three piece consisted of more parts, it was cheaper and easier to make.
     
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    i had never heard of any women wearing the gladiator helmet, its always been my favorite german helmet.
     
  12. QOTD

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    The 2 peice luftschutz is the rarer on, I have a one peice factory (Stoewer) helmet, 1 peice with Bulgarian decal, and nicely personalised with a name and the words "please do not take, I m responsible or this" in Bulgarian, and a 3 pice LS
     
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    Damn , why did I start this thread, now I have discovered, not one but two "new" models I still need.... , thanks for letting me know about the two piece Gladiator .:D


    It would be interesting to write down the sized and also the white admission stamps which mentions sizes and sometimes the retail price. I have seen oval and rectangular stamps as well as white markings without a frame.
     
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    No worries, I too didn't know about sll the different types, I thought one LS gladiator was all I wanted, then you realise there are others and you need to have an example of each......got my eyes on a beaded helmet, and I also have a water police DD pared helmet with the comb, the eagle is gold,like on KM helmets
     
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    No worries, I too didn't know about sll the different types, I thought one LS gladiator was all I wanted, then you realise there are others and you need to have an example of each......got my eyes on a beaded helmet, and I also have a water police DD pared helmet with the comb, the eagle is gold,like on KM helmets actually my M34 with the comb like your photo, has a later war paper liner and chinstrap, and has the maker and date of 3/5/1934 stamped on the rim
     
  16. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Hate to tell you Skipper, but there are also M35, M40 and M42 beaded helmets!

    The M40 (which you already have) is the most common of all the versions and is rising steadily in price.
     
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    This must be the 2 pices model then. It is described as being a M-38. Note the Polizei decal.

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  18. QOTD

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    Nice two peice, even rarer with a police decal!!!
     
  19. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Here are a few pics of Luftschutz helmets in use.

    Note the age of some of those in the photos!

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    A female air raid warden
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    Combat use. The Gladiator helmet wearer is carrying a spare MG42 barrel canister across his back.
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  20. Skipper

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    Great models and great pics John. Now you got me really hooked.
     

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