Spectacular, Named and Researched Model 1935 Double Decal SS Helmet to a Concentration Camp Guard-First of all, let’s talk about the helmet. It retains 90% of the apple green finish. It shows normal wear from use. The textbook ET runic decal with beautiful toning is at least 98% intact and the party shield checks in at 95% of better. It’s really a sight to behold! The interior is also very clean and sports a size 57 brown leather liner with some discoloration and light wear but absolutely no rips, tears or repairs. It is complete with the original drawstring. The side of the interior is marked ET 64. Scratched into the rear of the shell is a name which looks like “Huber”. This is just to the left (if you were wearing it) of the production lot number, which is 4393. This indicates it was produced sometime in mid 1939. More importantly, lightly penciled in the area of the skirt near the reinforced aluminum liner band are the initials “EB” and on the side of the skirt is the name “Bilger”, more on that later. The use of more than one name usually indicates that the helmet was used by more than one soldier. The helmet comes with a sound but used black leather chinstrap which has steel fittings, usually indicating it was replaced at some point. Extensive research was conducted on the names, with some success. A Eugen Bilger was an NCO (highest rank was oberscharführer) and we did find a little information on the man which revealed he was born on 5.1.88. That meant he would have most likely served in the First World War. He would have been 51 when the war broke out in 1939 and may have been called up at the start of the war. However, during the war his einheit (ID) card indicated that he was at KL Natzweiller (Natzweiller concentration camp). I have to admit that I had not heard of this camp and had to look it up. It was located in the Vosges mountains of France. It was 50km from the city of Strasbourg. Further information on his “war salary” page indicated that he also served at Muhlhausen which is in upper Austria about 20 klicks from the city of Linz. Copies of the records that we have located are included with the sale. This is a very rare helmet in excellent overall condition and with a quite notorious history!
- Item #: H-187