Chrome German Novelty Motorcycle Helmet



The German helmet of World War two came in 3 types. The Model 35 (M35) The Model 40 (M40) and the Model 42 (M42). These are the German combat helmets you will run into. This German Chrome Motorcycle would have gotten a German killed much quicker. For one reason, it is chrome. Chrome is pretty crappy camouflage. The second problem is that it is made of fiberglass. Fiberglass is strong, but not strong enough to stop a bullet. 

TRANSITIONAL GERMAN HELMETS: The transitional helmet used by the German armed forces prior to World War 2 was nothing more than a basic World War 1 German issued helmet as used by Germany during the great war. Many Austrian issue helmets were also used. A transitional helmet was a first World War issue helmet with the new Nazi party decals applied to the sides of the helmet just under the helmet brow plate lugs located on each side of a World War 1 helmet. The branch of service decal was worn on the left and the national shield was worn on the right, except for SS helmets the decals were applied in reverse order. Some times the helmet retained its old finish and liner system. Most of the transitional helmets were factory reworked with the New German field green color and the new model 31 liner systems. This style of helmet was used by all armed forces of German in the early stages of rearmament prior to the outbreak of the second World War and the invasion of Poland.

THE M35 GERMAN HELMET: This helmet replaced the old style WW1 helmet, the new M35 had a sleek look to it compared to the old style helmet. The M35 had a rolled edge around the base of the helmet. It had 3 holes in the helmet located midway between the flared edge and the top of the helmet, one hole on each side near the front of the helmet and 1 centered in the back. The holes were for the liner split pins which held the interior liner in place. There were also side vents located on the sides of the helmet.The M35 side vent was a rivet type vent. This can be checked by looking inside the helmet and seeing if the area where the side vent is located is flat, if it is flat you have a M35 helmet with a riveted side vent. The Helmet had a Maker code stamped on the left interior flared side. The two letters stand for the factory that produced the helmet and the two numbers stamped show the helmet shell size. This stamp is usually found right below the chin strap bail on the left side. Also found stamped in the center of the rear skirt on the interior is a production number this is usually three to four digits . The maker, size and production code stamps are found on all M35 , M40, and M42 helmets. For more information on these stamps please see the list of factory and size marks below. Sometimes a Inspectors dome stamp will be found in Early M35 and M40 helmets. This stamp was placed in the top of the interior of the Helmet it shows the production run was Inspected by a Military inspector. Only 1 of 1000 or so helmets were stamped in each production run . This stamp is rare to find in a helmet.

THE M40 GERMAN HELMET: is the same as the M35 except for the side vents. In the M40 the vents were pressed into the helmet, if you look inside a M40 helmet you will notice that the area where the side vent is located has a indentation in the metal. This change was made to save money for the German war effort. It was cheaper and faster to produce the helmet with the pressed side vents. This was the only change in the helmet compared to the M35. The M40 helmet had the rolled edge as found on the M35 and also had the same type of liner system as the earlier M35 model.. This helmet also has the factory and size mark located on the left skirt, some will be marked on the right. Also can be found with the production number stamped on the center of the rear skirt.

THE M42 GERMAN HELMET: This helmet had the most changes. As the war started costing Germany more and more, it was decided that the new model of combat helmet should be cheaply produced the M42 was a pressed helmet. This helmet was cheaper and much faster to produce and a sharper look to it . The M42 had no rolled edge as found on the M35 and M40. The M42 had pressed side vents and is easy to identify by the flared edge which has a slight flair out at the base of the helmet. The liner system stayed the same except the band of the liner should have a 1943 or 1944 date mark. The M42 was factory size marked on the right or left side of the skirt and found with production code stamped in the rear of the skirt.

THE FALLSCHIRMJAGER GERMAN HELMET: This type of helmet was developed for German Paratroop units that served with the Luftwaffe. The helmet is very different from the standard German combat helmet. It looks like a M35 with its front visor partially cut off and the flared sides removed. The liner system was changed as was the chin strap system. The liner was held into place with 4 spanner bolts and was padded on the sides of the helmet liner. The chin strap was made up of straps that went around the front and back of the ear on both sides and connected under the chin. The interior of the helmet had a large crash pad above the leather liner. This type of helmet was used by Paratroop units of the German Air Force and Army only. Factory size and code stamps usually found near center of the rear edge of the helmet just above the rolled edge of the helmet. This helmet is highly reproduced, it is estimated that up to 80 % offered for sale are fake.

All of the above helmets were used by the German armed forces. Once again, our Novelty German Chrome Motorcycle Helmet was not used in WWII.


Metal Quick Release Buckle.
4-Ply Fiberglass Shell-Hand Laminated.
Y-Strap Retention System.
Fully Lined Interior.
Steel Rivets.

This is not a D.O.T. Certified helmet.

Chrome German Motorcycle Helmet

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Warranty Information

  • Certification: NOVELTY
  • Model #: 103-030
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Weight: 624g, 1.6lbs
  • Side to Side Length: 23cm, 9.1in
  • Front to Back Length: 28cm, 11in
  • Padding Thickness: .3cm, .16in
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