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Old May 21, 2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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The Nazi Helmet - How They Were Made and a Great Specimen of an Original

Hey guys, thought I'd show my Wehrmacht helmet, a M42 model, and I found a great old German newsreel to go along with it, showing how they made them. Also added some explanatory detail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOpgKZZ6SUU
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Old May 21, 2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Excellent video
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Old May 21, 2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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Pretty cool, watching them being pressed and shaped on the assembly line like that....thanks for sharing.
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Old May 21, 2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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Very interesting. Thanks.

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Old May 22, 2012, 01:22 AM   #5
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I guess I don't know the language well enough to get 100% of the narration; did the German newsreel really suggest the helmet could withstand a hit with an 8mm Mauser round fired from across the room?
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Old May 22, 2012, 01:53 AM   #6
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Ams, so far you have been a history gold mine, keep up the good work. Never once have I got the impression that you had a framed picture of uncle adolph in the living room.
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:29 AM   #7
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Sure, Hitler was the most thoroughly twisted, evil human being to ever live, and I personally believe that he has his own room in the deepest bowels of Hell [and rightly so]. That said, his artifacts are an important part of world history, if only to serve as a reminder of the depths that men are capable of sinking to, and also of what can happen when his kind are appeased, rather than decisively dealt with.
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:55 AM   #8
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I like watching things being made.
1. Lots of not automation there. Interesting.
2. That factory pic screams slave labor.

Once again glad the GG's won the epic John Deere vs. LowenBrau World Domination Bowl.
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Old May 22, 2012, 08:18 AM   #9
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Great find for the video. Huge industrial capacity was nothing new to these guys.

The rifle test was obviously done with a reduced charge cartridge to ensure that the helmets met specification for splinter resistance. They are definatrly not proofed against a ball ammunition cartridge at that distance.

"Coarse" might replace "Course" in your paint texture description...


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Old May 22, 2012, 11:27 AM   #10
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I've always wanted a genuine WWII German helmet but they are either too expensive or I'm afraid they're fake.
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Old May 22, 2012, 12:06 PM   #11
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Interesting. Thanks.

Lots of hand operation, and hand finishing, but the vid does say the process became more automated. Also noticed there were no respiration devices used in the paint booth.
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Old May 22, 2012, 02:54 PM   #12
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Industrial safety precautions have come a long way, needless to say. Plus, those workers may have been slave workers.
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Old May 23, 2012, 12:25 PM   #13
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The rifle test was obviously done with a reduced charge cartridge to ensure that the helmets met specification for splinter resistance. They are definatrly not proofed against a ball ammunition cartridge at that distance.
It probably would have to have been reduced to below .32acp levels for that to work.
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Old May 23, 2012, 12:27 PM   #14
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Yes, that test was crazy.

The .30 Carbine and .30 Cal round sliced through the German helmet like a hot knife through butter.

Proof:

http://youtu.be/EuSOecA864o
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Old May 23, 2012, 01:05 PM   #15
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Kinetic energy

Raftman, the helmet was not anchored down like it would be on someones head. Had there been some restraint allowing it to receive more of the bullets kinetic energy im sure the bullet would have traveled through with ease.
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Old May 23, 2012, 05:31 PM   #16
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That "rifle test" was pure Nazi BS.
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Old May 23, 2012, 09:12 PM   #17
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