Transitional Heer M18 Helmet (Sonderabteilung V)
The overall condition of the helmet is very good. It has a lovely patina and still contains almost all of its original reissued hand-applied paint. You can still see the lines from the thick brush that was used. The decal is from maker 'Ed Strache' (decals from this maker were only applied on reissued helmets).The decal is for 85% intact.
It's complete with an original early 'Schubert M31' liner. The leather of the liner shows signs of wear, but is supple and solid. The liner drawstring is present, but has seen some better days (needs to be handled with care). The chin strap is present and in used but good and supple condition. The tip is marked.
The shell is marked 'W64', which indicates its made by 'Herm. Weissenburger & Co.' from 'Stuttgart-Canstatt', size '64'
The helmet has a very interesting feauture. The liner has a name and unit label on the inside, which reads: 'Schusse, Müller. H, Sonderabteilung V'.
Soldiers were collected in a Sonderabteilung (penalty unit) if:
- During their basic training it became clear 'that their character and conduct were a danger to discipline and therefore a burden on the training units.
- Other disciplinary measures failed
A divisional commander, could order the transfer to such a special unit. Only after a soldier completed his basic training he could returned to his unit.
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