Double Decal Droop Tail Model 1935 Luftwaffe Helmet - Smooth blue/grey painted E.T. 66 shell retains 95% plus of its finish. The size 59 liner shows slight wear and retains its original drawstring. The aluminum linerband is dated 1936. The band has a minor break in front of the right chinstrap ring, but the band is still strong and not loose in the helmet, which is what occurs when the band breaks all the way through. The correct brown leather chinstrap is marked Paul Klopfer, Berlin 1938. It has a "Snake Leg" drooptail Luftwaffe eagle and this rates at 80% intact, while the National colors decal remains at 95%. The inside of the liner is marked “Wachbatl. d. Luftw. Bln. 1936”, which translates to “Wachbataillon der Luftwaffe Berlin” (Guard Battalion of the Air Force, Berlin 1936). A nametag reading Schuchardt, W.Bez.Kdo. Berlin II (Wehrbezirkskommando Berlin II, or Recruiting Command Berlin II) is glued into the inside rear of the liner, suggesting the helmet was later re-issued and used by a Recruiting Office. This helmet was brought back by Private Allen Russell Stouffer, who served with the 563rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. Along with the helmet, there are two photos of Stouffer in uniform, one of them with his son, Stephan Allen Stouffer. A Unit history of Stouffer's Unit that names Stouffer in the back can be found at the website:
Stouffer labeled the helmet under it’s front visor ~ on a piece of adhesive tape, he wrote “A.R. Stouffer”. This is a great helmet issued in 1936 to one of the most elite Units of the Luftwaffe.