Adolf Hitler, seen here with his Spanish fascist lackey, and dictator of Spain, Francisco Franco.
The Nationalist eagle adorns the front of this very handsome (albeit sinister) German helm.
The distinctive profile shows off the clean, classic lines of the M.35
Unlike other Spanish helmets, the insignia mounting bracket on this specimen is cleanly soldered and finished.
The original M.31 liner is in excellent condition...
and bears the name of a previous wearer. I wonder, what became of Juan? Note that the chinstraps no longer retain their original rivets but are sewn on to the D rings.
That most distinguishing feature of the true M.35; the applied ventilation holes.
I'm assuming that this is a batch number stamped into the rear skirt of this molibdene steel helmet.
The shell size; "ET64" is stamped inside the left-side skirt.
Part number and liner size stamping on the inside of the liner band.
Liner size stamp underneath one of the liner fingers and...
again on the band. Man, talk about Germanic attention to detail!
Another distinctive feature of the M.35 (as well as the M.40) is the rolled edge, shown here in close-up.
A remarkable helmet, and a tragic story. Although Franco shattered his own country and marred the reputation of Spain in the second half of the twentieth century, Franco himself managed to get off scot-free, ruling that country until his death in 1975, quite unrepentant.
Lena Gieseke's Guernica 3-D (go here)
accession number: MOA hmar249.68.11
German M.35 in Spanish Nationalist livery
Acquired 1980, Lansing Michigan.
Condition: very good