WWII German Luftwaffe Crew Flak Helmet-If you do not know the history behind this helmet, it's as intriguing as the helmet itself! During the Battle for Britain, the crews of the He 111's were taking heavy casualties with a large number of head wounds. Remember, all they had for headgear was the cloth or leather flight helmet, which afforded no protection. The crews even resorted to removing the liners from their steel helmets and wearing these over the flight helmet. This reminds me so much of the scene from "Apocalypse Now" where the choppers are swooping in over the beach! Those of you who know what I am talking about will appreciate the connection. This rare helmet was quickly put into production and manufactured by the Siemens Company (that's right, they are still in business). This is a great example of this "type" helmet. The leather covering the steel plates has just the slightest hint of scuffing and no damage. The padded leather comb is present and in great condition. The leather straps (very similar to a paratrooper helmet) are intact and fully functional. The tan cloth lining (identical to the color as the Luftwaffe flight suits) is sound (moderately discolored) and the tag is missing. In the "old days", the early reference books referred to this as the “Jet Pilot's Helmet” and pictured it with the comb being worn towards the back in a "Buck Rogers" fashion. Very desirable helmet, in near excellent overall condition!