This listing is for an original 1940s WWII German Luftschutz helmet. The seller received it as a gift from his uncle when he returned from the war. The helmet has moderate scuffs, dings, and wear but is in good overall condition and in our opinion, the front decal is about 98% intact. The leather liner is stamped with the number "58" and a name that appears to be "Ganopfer." This listing has no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win!
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"The Air Protection Warning Service (Luftschutzwarndienst-LSW) was a civilian organization whose purpose it was to alert the population of impending air raid attacks. In fulfilling this role, members were required to interpret various communication reports regarding bomber formations flying over Germany, operate search lights, observe bomber formations, help keep order among civilians affected by bombing raids, and to utilize air raid sirens before and after attacks.
"Members of the Luftschutzwarndienst (Luftschutz) were typically volunteers assembled into area units within cities and towns that held the highest risk of being bombed. Many population centers were divided into area ???blocks??? with unit leaders assigned to each individual section of a city. Volunteer teams were expected to rotate shifts and sleep in large concrete bunkers that held all the provisions and amenities of a regular fortification. These also included the immense ???flak towers??? built around German cities upon which anti-aircraft batteries were stationed.
"On 2 April 1943 Hermann G??ring mandated compulsory service in the Luftschutz for all German civilians. For the first time this order included women. Members of the Luftschutz were expected to supply their own helmets as part of the contribution to the German war effort. A variety of helmets were available for 5 Reich Marks each, but many volunteers chose to scavenge captured helmets of Czech, Polish, Dutch, French, and Russian origin.
"The most common helmet used by Luftschutz members was the ???gladiator??? model so named for its ancient appearance and Roman looking profile. Also available were the more substantial M1935, M1940, and M1942 ???beaded??? combat helmets. Along the center line of these helmets was a beaded protrusion denoting their purpose as civilian use only."
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