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helmet size

Postby Footloose » 02 May 2005 20:59

How do i figure out my helmet size? I am curious. Also, what was the largest size helmet made (real ones)?

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Postby Gesetz » 02 May 2005 21:42

Take a tape measure and measure your head in cm. There you go! You have a head size!!! As for helmet size I think a 68 shell was the biggest which is around a 61 cm headsize.

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Postby Langemann » 02 May 2005 21:53

Many people believe that 68 was the largest size, but I have held and inspected a size 70! It is the only one I've ever seen, and it currently sits in a collection of one of my reenacting squad mates.

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Postby Gesetz » 02 May 2005 22:26

WOW! In that case I'll assume 68 was the most common of the biggest sizes, but evidently bigger sizes where produced...

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Postby BaggyPants » 02 May 2005 23:17

68 was the largest mass produced pot. Apparently size 70 helmet shells were made to order for big heads :) Liner size is the circumference of your head in cm's. To work out a shell size, where you can't see the markings, measure the circumference in cm's around the inside at the level where the three rivet holes are. That will give you the shell size :D

As posted in another thread:

If your liner size (head circumference) is 60 or 61 cm's, you need a 68 shell, liner size 58 or 59 needs a 66 shell, 56 and 57 need a 64 shell, 54 or 55 liner needs a 62 shell.

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Postby DarExc » 03 May 2005 03:49

I've heard of 72 and 58 sized shells also.

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Postby Footloose » 03 May 2005 11:03

I have a size 64 head. (im 6'3). So im shit out of luck unless anyone knows where I can get a size 72 helmet. A retailer just responded to my email saying in the thousands of helmets he seen he has only seen 2 size 70s and there thousands. And a size 70 wont even fit me.

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Postby Footloose » 03 May 2005 11:10

i measured about at the level of my eyebrows. Is that correct?

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Postby BaggyPants » 03 May 2005 11:17

Just above your eyebrows and over your ears :) I wish I took a size 64. I hate wearing helmets and it's the perfect excuse not to :D I'm a size 60, so I needed a 68 shell. Unfortunately, I got one :cry:

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Postby Footloose » 03 May 2005 11:38

i mesured and Im a 63. Not much of a difference.

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Postby Footloose » 03 May 2005 11:45

i might buy a size 68 just to own one. A nice restored one.

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Postby blueboyukb » 03 May 2005 14:40

to be honest, size 70`s are rare as chickens teeth, and if there was such a thing as a 72 shell, i think you`d have to re-mortgage the house, and beat off serious collectors to get anywhere near it!.you`d have a helmet nearly as valuable as some of the vehicles used at events!. why not try as suggested on another topic on this forum, and get a 68 shell, but fit into it one of the new east european repros which are a size bigger than marked, so put in a marked 61 which would actually be a 62, you never know, with a good haircut it could fit! :wink:

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Postby Gesetz » 03 May 2005 16:49

DarExc-I'm sure late war they had smaller sizes for Kriegsfreiwilligers (sp?) the smaller helmet I have is size 60 shell. I think I know a guy with a 58...I think...

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Postby Panzermacher » 03 May 2005 17:24

Footloose wrote:I have a size 64 head. (im 6'3). So im shit out of luck unless anyone knows where I can get a size 72 helmet. A retailer just responded to my email saying in the thousands of helmets he seen he has only seen 2 size 70s and there thousands. And a size 70 wont even fit me.


There maybe hope for you, that is if you don't mind changing impressions,all of the Repro Fallschirmjäger Helmets being flogged off by dealers, especially those on ebay are a Size 71 Shell, I guess the Shell Die was so little used it was forgotten during the war & survived??

I'm almost certain that this book covered "Special intermediate" sized shells, such as 63,65 etc, I had a chance to read it, will have to borrow it yet again.......
The History of the German Steel Helmet: 1916-1945 by Ludwig Baer

Published in the 1980's this book is considered by many collectors as the definitive work (or classic "bible") for all information on the subject of German steel helmets. Printed by Bender Publishing, the book's text and photographs cover the entire history of the German helmet from inception to the last version prototyped in 1944. The author is a noted German historian who has researched more than 80% of what is known about German helmets.



I have a 64 Shell (out of 3), actually a friend also has one with the same production fault, that has an awful twist on the rim, it's a result of the die nearing the end of it's production life, to understand what I mean it's like the Dome & Flanged Rim Section are offset from each other by an 1/8 of a turn
damn it, almost forgot.......
Size Charts......
http://www.german-helmets.com/HELMET%20SHELL%20SIZE%20CHART.htm

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Postby blueboyukb » 03 May 2005 18:36

panzermacher, i think the `intermediate` sizes he refers to, means the fitting of the `odd` size liner into the shell at manufacture. ie. the 55,57, 59, etc.as opposed to the `even ` numbered liners, 54,56,58 and so on, which the supply system took as the `standard` size for that shell.and just as an interesting point as to what the value of a size 72 would be, IF one could be found,a size 70, is currently on sale on e-bay with over three days to go at the time of writing, it stands at $999!, i think you could easily double(at least) that amount for a 72.


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