Thursday, November 5, 2009

Camo Stahlhelm


Modern Art?
This old WWI helmet's pattern
would be cool for an old bob job's paint. The Germans were probably the first to use camouflage. The colors makes me wonder, where were they hiding?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL HELMET I WOULD LOVE IT IN MY COLLECTION,WHAT KIND OF PARTS DO YOU NEED???

Irish Rich said...

Sniper in a church window....

Abatoire said...

I have done a little research.
What you can see on the picture is a Model-l1916 German helmet from WWI. It showing regulation camouflage pattern as laid out in Order II.No.91 366 and signed by General Ludendorff (Supreme Commander at the time) on 7th July 1918. It stipulated that the helmets should be painted in several colors, all in keeping with the relevant season. In summer for example: geen, yellow orchre and rust brown, separated by a finger wide black line. These camouflage patterns been applied the soldiers themselves. Therefore many helmets fount that do not comply with the order, presumably due to individual painting skill and preference.

Ref.: Michael Haselgrove & Branislaw Radovic, Helmets of First Wolrd War.

Greetings
Attila

Chris K said...

Thanks for the info. I later did some reading on them myself. They were indeed field painted by the soldier. The other similar camo ones I saw had muted, more natural colors. It could be these photos make this one's colors look more vivid (the green blueish and rust brown look red. The style/pattern seems correct but who knows? There are many counterfeit helmets out there with incorrect paint colors etc. If buying do some homework and beware.