INDEX

HELMET COLLECTORS WEBPAGES

and 

LINKS TO HELMET BOOKS

Updated  3rd October 2013

This is a list of helmet collectors webpages, all I know of as of the above date.
You will also find links to websites where you can buy some of the important books
that any helmet enthusiast should have.

I'm interested in enthusiastic collectors, people who take pleasure and interest in their collections, and who like to pass on information. Many of these are personal websites, many of them are quite excellent, and several are outstanding both in design and content, and absolutely essential in terms of information contained within them. Some may be a bit neglected but still worth a look.
Unless specified otherwise, assume that these pages have information on a variety of helmets from all countries.
The order of listing is not especially significant, except that newer finds are usually close to the top - but not always. Two of the most important sites are at the head of the list.
Web-addresses are shown in full as occasionally they do change - please note those shown here might be different from old addresses you have in your bookmarks.
Please note - some sites included in previous versions of this list have been removed, as they either no longer exist or now have very little content for helmet collectors.

If you know of any relevant website not included here, please let me know here  .

JOSEBA'S COLLECTION - http://www.cascoscoleccion.com/portada.htm

Yes, he's el Jefe! The scope and depth of this site is constantly surprising. It's well-designed, detailed, with loads of historical background, technical detail, and fine photographs. Truly, it is a benchmark of excellence we should all aim at. And it is regularly updated and improved on a monthly basis. Superb ! Perhaps the best reference-site for helmets on a planetary level.

It has one minor drawback for poorly-educated British people (and idle sods in any other country you care to name) and that is that it is solely in Spanish, but buy a dictionary or use Google Translate . It is certainly well worth a bit of effort to get the best from this site.

A Masterpiece, absolutely the best helmet site on the web. Check back regularly. It really is that good!

WORLD WAR HELMETS - http://world-war-helmets.com/home.php

A French-language site covering international helmets from 1915 to today, it says here. I use it very often. Very neatly produced, with excellent, amazingly comprehensive pictures and a related forum, again in French. This is really good, one of my first-choice go-to sites for quick helmet information. It is unfortunate that there is no English-language site as good as this, or Joseba's Cascocollecion.

BRITISH WW2 AIRBORNE HELMETS - http://home.tiscali.nl/nijsten/headgear.html

A section of a much larger website about British Airborne material, from Luc Nijsten in the Netherlands. Neat and tidy, good pics and information.

GERMAN WAR HELMET - http://germanwarhelmet.com/collector-tips/

Yes, yet another site covering Third Reich helmets, but to my uninformed eye this looks good (its very neatly constructed) and specifically these 'collecting tips' may come in handy if I ever have the money, time and inclination to start collecting these helmets. That will be after I get a complete set of French mle51, of course.

PASSIONMILITARIA - http://www.passionmilitaria.com/t2060-fiche-le-casque-francais-modele-1951

http://www.passionmilitaria.com/t25021-casque-francais-mod45-tta-dit-jeanne-d-arc

There are dozens, hundreds, of forums and message boards that have at least some helmet-related content. I don't have the time, inclination, or language skills to follow most of them most of the time. But forums like this one (listed because of, well, you work it out) or WEHRMACHT AWARDS or SWISS RIFLES or any of the Belgian militaria ones are all full of good stuff. Look and you will find.

WEHRMACHT AWARDS - SWISS HELMETS - http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319832

A good compare&contrast of the Swiss M18 family.

ARRSEPEDIA - http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/ARRSEPedia_Intro

A wiki produced by the British Army Rumour Service, which is what it sounds like. Very entertaining, very informative, and searching for 'helmet' will often bring enlightenment, on either the wki or the forum itself.

CAMOPEDIA - http://camopedia.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

Not entirely clear how many references there are to helmet covers specifically, but this is a very comprehensive and apparently up to date resource, easy to navigate. Should be of great help to camo-fans.

ADF GEAR COLLECTORS - http://adfgear.weebly.com/helmets.html

Devoted to Australian Defence Force kit - this page is specifically on current and recent headgear.

DARREN'S HELMETS - https://www.facebook.com/darrens.helmets.9

Nicely done personal collection page by English enthusiast Darren - good photos and notes, but the bad part is you may have to join Facebook to see it all.

ITALIAN FORUM FOR MILITARY COLLECTORS - http://miles.forumcommunity.net/?t=9458546

This Italian forum is  included because the page noted is a very good overview of recent Italian composite helmets. I would assume everything else is at least as useful.

CASCOS MILITARES - http://cascosdeguerra.blogspot.co.uk/

Good personal collection site from a Spanish enthusiast. Can't work out who he is, though!

1982 MILITARIA FORUM - http://militariamalvinas.forumcommunity.net/?t=55103480

Very interesting forum devoted to the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war, from Argentina (I think?) but covering all aspects of the conflict. This specific page is cited because it refers to a previously unknown British composite helmet that seems to have trialled at the time.

ABBL - BELGIAN ARMY OF 1940 - http://www.abbl1940.be/

Exactly what it says it is, includes a good section on Belgian helmets. In Flemish.

MILITARY PHOTOS - HELMETS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?83243-Helmets-From-Around-The-World

To be honest I find this forum heavy going, difficult to navigate and peculiarly irritating. But on the other hand there are lots of photographs of helmets. Some of them even come with useful information. Good luck.

HELMETS OF WAR - HISTORY OF THE GERMAN HELMET - http://helmetsofwar.com/history-german-helmet/

Handy, probably accurate, detailed, but not overwhelming, history of Those Helmets. useful for people intimidated by the hundreds of books and dozens of websites.

VINCENT VAN DER VEEN'S COLLECTION - http://www.mysteelhelmets.nl/index.html

Good personal collection website of 29th C steel helmets. Not entirely accurate in some details, but enthusiastic and with good photos. Worth visiting.

EARLY ISRAELI STEEL HELMETS - http://www.historama.com/online-resources/online-gallery/israeli_haga_steel_helmet.html

Interesting historial material from the days of the Stern Gang and Irgun. Enlightening.

KRAUSE COLLECTION - http://www.my-airspace.com/MilMemCollection/World_Helmets/World_Helmets.htm

Good personal collection site - good pictures, nicely written, done by genuine helmet collecting enthusiasts!

OLIVE DRAB - M1 STEEL HELMET - http://olive-drab.com/od_soldiers_gear_m1_helmet.php

Part of a much larger web-presence covering US military kit, this is a straightforward handy spotters guide to the M1. Useful.

DDR - EAST GERMAN - HELMETS - http://nvaspain.blogspot.com.ar/

A section of a blog devoted to DDR militaria, from a Spanish enthusiast whose name I cannot find! Interesting and useful.

WW2 NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE DIVISION CODES - http://www.wwiifire.co.uk/Fire%20Forces.htm

Part of a much larger site about WW2 fire service in the British Isles, this a useful resource for decoding the numbers on those NFS helmets.

SOVIET HELMETS - http://soviet-helmets.com/index.html

Part enthusiast site, part sales - not that much in it really but there is a potentially useful page about identifying fakes.

HELMETJAEGER - http://www.stahlhelmjaeger.de/

Small but well-formed page about German helmets, worth including because it also has some info on the Great War, the Third Reich (yes, obviously...) the DDR and, for once, the Bundeswehr!

MARKUS HOLST, SWEDISH HELMETS - http://www.markusholst.se/militaria/hjalmar.htm

Straightforward identification page on Swedish helmets, from collector Markus - good and useful - click on the thumbnails for bigger pictures.

MODEL 1927 IRISH FREE STATE HELMET - http://www.frontiernet.net/~masullivan/vickers/Irish_Helmet.htm

Very interesting page by Mike Sullivan detailing the history of this helmet, and the restoration of an example.

PIOTR KOZIEL'S COLLECTION - http://s830.photobucket.com/user/Piotreek1/library/?sort=6&page=1

Polish collector Piotr is a real fan of the French Adrian and British Brodie families, so many pictures of both here. No text, but the pics are good!

US COMPOSITE IDENTIFICATION - http://www.operation-helmet.org/helmets.html

Even I, a composite collector,  find it hard to keep the ECH, the ACH, and the MICH and all the rest clear and separate in my thinking, so this may be as helpful to you as it is me.

CANADIAN HELMETS - http://servicepub.wordpress.com/category/headdress-and-helmets/

Several very useful articles on Canadian-used or developed helmets - including an excellent one by Roger Lucy on the progress of the Canadian composite.

BRENDON'S HELMETS - http://brendonshelmets.weebly.com/index.html

A very nice, highly browsable, site from a well-informed New Zealander. Excellent pictures of a very wide-ranging collection.

MARKKU KARVONEN'S COLLECTION - http://koti.aina.net/~mk/pottia/

An excellent site, the photographs are excellent, brilliantly clear, and Markku has a very interesting collection. I really like Markku's site - I wish I could do so well. In Finnish and English. Highly recommended. 

THE BRODIE HELMET AND ITS DERIVATIVES - http://thebrodiehelmet.weebly.com/

An impressive attempt to list all the variants and versions of the helmet that started off as the the Brodie during the Great War. Some very good material here.

COMPOSITE - http://www.gostak.co.uk/composites/index.htm

"A beginner's guide to Composite Helmets", it says here. Not much technical detail, but a excellent spotters guide to a high proportion of the composite/ballistic plastic helmets that have come into service in the last 30+ years

DANISH M48 - http://m55q.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/danish-m48-helmet-us-m1-helmet-and.html

Good little section - of a larger militaria blog - on this little-understood Danish M1 clone. Love it!

MILITARIA ARGENTINA - http://www.militariarg.com/

Very comprehensive site on Argentine militaria - contains an excellent and detailed secion on Argentine helmets - http://www.militariarg.com/steel-combat-helmets.html

COLLECT-HELMETS - http://collect-helmets.snadno.eu/

Well-informed collector Radovan's contact page, with some info on Czech and Slovak helmets, also an often-interesting sales section.

WILSON HISTORY AND RESEARCH CENTRE - http://www.militaryheadgear.com/

This was a highly ambitious and apparently professional ongoing attempt to compile a collection of examples of all (and I mean all ) military headgear - including helmets - from all over the world. It is at present - in terms of helmets at least - patchy, incomplete, sometimes misleading, occasionally actually wrong (we're all guilty). It may never improve, the founder having died. All sorts of stuff therein - but there are many dead or empty links - and the site is probably not worth much effort when there are so many that are so much better.

CANADIAN FORCES HELMETS - http://www.mpmuseum.org/securhelmet.html

An interesting section of a larger site, this details the helmets used by Canadian Military Police from 1960 up to the present.

CASQUESCOLLECTION - http://casquescollection.skyrock.com/1.html

A quite large site from a Belgian (I think) collector - good photographs of a wide variety of Belgian and other international helmets with substantial French-language descriptions and notes. Done within a blog framework, so it is awkward to navigate escept via the search function you will find at top right. Very good though, and well worth noting.

COLECCION DES CASCOS DE SERTECO - http://colecciondecascosdeserteco.blogspot.com/

A blog-type site from Sergio in Spain - and it is good - nicely laid out, good pictures. Text is minimal, though, and in Spanish.

CESKOSLOVENSKE PRILBY - http://www.ceskoslovenskeprilby.wz.cz/index.html

A Czech site with a lot of excellent clear photos of most Czech helmets, and some other international examples. Nicely done.

HELMY - POLISH COLLECTORS GROUP - http://www.helmy.w8w.pl/default.htm

This Polish-language site covering many international helmets is a co-operative effort involving a number of Polish collectors. The web-design is slightly difficult - the frames split the screen horizontally in two - but the pictures and layout otherwise are excellent. Make the effort to see what's really there. There's also a Polish-language forum. A lot going on there. Actually an excellent site, well worth coping with a few difficulties.

MANNIE GENTILE'S COMBAT HELMETS OF THE 20TH CENTURY - http://combathelmets.blogspot.com/

Organised around a blog template - an increasingly common way of producing a quick website - this is a well annotated tour through Mannie's collection, with excellent photographs and a good commentary that is well-written and informative, and often very entertaining. I'm not a real fan of blog-type templates for websites but this is a good example of how to get the best out of the limitations of the form.

CASCOS MILITARES - http://cascosdeguerra.blogspot.com/

From Jose Luis Castro Ochoa, another helmet collection displayed in the blog-template format. In Spanish, but covers a variety of international helmets with good photographs. Not much in the way of commentary so far. 

OCAD COLLECTION - http://www.theocadcollection.com/  (New URL!)

"...an on-line museum of Military Antiques focused primarily on headgear & uniforms from the Second World War..." is what is describes itself as, and that's accurate. Lots of interesting material here, both on the site itself and linked from it. Run by collector Oli Dorrell, and very well organised and certainly worth visiting.

GREG PICKERSGILL'S HELMET COLLECTION - http://www.gostak.demon.co.uk/helmets/helmets1.htm

A rather out of date - continents have risen and fallen, civilizations flourished and turned to dust - site that has rudimentary photographs, semi-literate captions that contain a number of detail inaccuracies, and a general lack of charm, information, or humour. Might get better, perhaps deserves encouragement.

PAUL WINDASS' COLLECTION - http://www.mytinlids.com

Entertaining site from Paul, a British collector; it's a good international collection, well photographed, and entertainingly presented. A real fan. Does not take militaria too seriously.

DUTCH HELMETS - http://www.dutchhelmets.nl/

A page from a Dutch collector specialising in Dutch helmets. The pictures and accompanying text are all excellent and this is a page to be welcomed and used often by anyone with an enthusiasm for Dutch helmets. Iano, the constructor, deserves praise for this site.

A HELMET COLLECTION - http://www.helmets.ru/

OK, I can't read Russian at all, especially when it's in Cyrillic. However, this is a  well constructed (as far as I can tell) page from a Russian collector (I can't even work out his name!) who has a lot of helmets and has provided good photos of them. Well worth a look, especially if you can read Russian.

MILITARIA COLLECTING - DDR MILITARIA - http://pactedevarsovie.free.fr/

A French site - but in English - with an specific interest in DDR (East German) material, with a couple of pages with some detailed information with good pictures on DDR helmets.

GERMAN HELMET.COM - http://www.germanhelmet.com

For all those whose fascination is with the stahlhelm, here's a page from someone who is essentially a dealer, but that seems to have sound information on the helmet's history and useful knowledge for spotting the real among the fakes. Nicely produced website; clearly knowledgable and enthusiastic, and with a good gallery of pictures.

M1 HELMETS - J MURRAY - http://jmurrayinc1944.com

Mainly a dealer, repro and restoration, but there's a 'Virtual Museum' section of the real thing, for those of your who can't get enough of the 'steel pot'.

COMBAT HELMETS - http://nuke.combat-helmets.com/

An excellent site by Italian collector Jaberon, covering his wide interest in international helmets. Well constructed, good notes, excellent photos. And in English too! OK, it's partly a sales site, but on the other hand the information is solid and of course we all buy helmets occasionally! Recommended wholeheartedly, (Do I get a discount now?) (That's not a joke...)

WWW.M1HELMET.COM - http://www.m-1helmet.com/

"This website which is entirely dedicated to the fixed bale M-1 helmet of the WW2 US GI. " That's what it once said at the entrance to this site and it was indeed just that, a 'virtual museum' and guide, very nicely laid out, full of information, good photographs. But since the publication of the web-owner's book on M1 helmets it has become something entirely other, and much less use. It may change again, so I will leave the notice here for the time being.

LA GRANDE GUERRE - http://hcapelli.free.fr/

This French-language site appears to concentrate on the 1914-18 war, however, follow the left-hand menu and you will find it has some good pages on the helmets used by all combatants. In French, but pictures are universal language.

RUSSIAN HELMETS - http://www.personal.kent.edu/~rclawson/RussianHelmets/index.html

A small but useful website by Robert Clawson, with some updates and addenda to his excellent book RUSSIAN HELMETS - see below in the 'Books' section for information.

MATS' HELMETS - http://www.matshelmets.se

From Mats Rundqvist in Sweden, in part concentrating on the easily overlooked but important area of helmet covers. I've learned quite a lot - just what you want from a website! Design is simple, the pictures are excellent, and the text informative.

MILITARY HELMETS OF THE WORLD - http://www.quanonline.com/military/military_reference/helmets/helmets.html

A peculiar site, from a dealer in the Southwest USA, who seems to be trying to blend real information as well as sales material on his website. There are some very good large pictures of some quite rare US helmets and other interesting helmet-material. But take care when reading his captions and information - they are not always accurate, and some of his valuations are wildly over-optimistic.

KAISERSBUNKER HELMETS
http://www.kaisersbunker.com/cef/helmets/
http://www.kaisersbunker.com/feldgrau/helmets/

A site devoted to Great War (1914-18) history, with two sections of interest to helmet fans - the first is on the helmets used by the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the second to the various forms of helmet used by the German Imperial Army. Nicely done pages.

PETER SUCIU'S HELMET AND MILITARIA COLLECTION - http://www.nyc-techwriters.com/militaria/helmets.htm

A site from a collector in the USA - well designed, informative, and enthusiastic. Some excellent pictures, but they are usually too small and offering only one view of the helmet - the interior is important, too!

ALEX D'S CASQUES DE COMBAT - http://alexdhelmet.free.fr/

An excellent website, regularly revised with more pictures added. Lots of good clear photographs, but very little text. Alex has a great knowledge of helmets, especially French. Please note - you can usually get more than one view of the helmet by clicking on the 'master' picture. Nicely organised site - clever web-design!

FRENCH HELMETS - http://salg71.free.fr/index.html

"De l'Adrian au Spectra, les casques de l'armée française." Exactement! This site is French-language only, but well worth the effort. Regularly updated and reworked, now including a lot of information on post-WW2 French helmets. Very well designed.

TEODOR'S BULGARIAN HELMETS - http://helmet.0catch.com/

Mostly Bulgarian helmets and helmet history - with a section on Ted's 'other' items including his own collection -  this site has good clear photography and excellent informative text. I learned a lot from this site, it's full of reliable information. The first stop for anyone with any interest in Bulgar helmets. Not updated for some years now, but still valuable.

FINNISH HELMET JUNKYARD - http://netti.nic.fi/~junkyard/helmets.html

I can't tell whether this is from a helmet fan or a Finnish militaria enthusiast, but there's useful knowledge here.

HELMET COLLECTORS/YAHOO - http://clubs.yahoo.com/neo/groups/militaryhelmetcollectorsclub/conversations/messages

A helmet collectors mailing list. Can be very useful, especially to beginning collectors who are looking for basic information, it includes a number of very well-informed helmet collectors.

WARRELICS/WORLD STEEL HELMETS - http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/world-steel-helmets/

Lively and often very informative English-language helmets forum, part of a much larger militaria collectors site. There are also separate forums devoted specifically to German, British, American and Soviet helmets - look around generally, you will find something to suit your interest.

GERMAN WW1 HELMETS IN THE FINNISH ARMY - http://home.scarlet.be/be033830/jukka/jukkahelmetgallery.htm

An excellent contribution to a website from Jukka Juutilainen, who later abandoned much of his interest in steel helmets for a fascination with aviation headgear. Exceptional detail, everything you might need to know.

ODYSSEIOS' HELMET COLLECTION - http://odysseios.xoom.it//odysseios/Home.html

Odysseios is an Italian collector, and this is a record of his collection. Good photos, but could have a little more text and detail. In Italian. He has a lot of interest in 'soft' military headwear.

GERMAN HELMETS - http://www.german-helmets.com/

A very well designed site solely devoted to German helmets. If you want to know and can't read Baer in the original, you'll find it here - in fact, you'll find corrections to Baer here. Recommended.

FINNISH WAR HELMETS  - http://www.mosinnagant.net/finland/Finn-Helmets.asp

Part of a site on other militaria, this has some fascinating text and photos of, yes, Finnish helmets! There must be more information on Finnish helmets on the web than anything else except for German. Or French. Or the US M1.

OLD SMITHY MILITARIA - http://www.old-smithy.info/my_militaria/helmets/HelmetHome.htm

This site is mostly devoted to other kinds of militaria, particularly edged weapons, but there is a small and worthwhile helmet presence.

MILITARIA COLLECTOR - http://militaria.collector.free.fr/Sommaire/Sommaire.htm

This is part of Lionel Giffaud's larger militaria site. The bits most interesting to helmet collectors are the sections on US and German helmets. In French.

GERMAN HELMETS INC - http://www.germanhelmetsinc.com/

Mostly a business site, selling restored and repro helmets, but there's a lot that will interest and inform anyone fascinated with the German WW2 helmet series, particularly in Ken Niewiarowicz' own collection gallery. Personally, I'm much more interested in the Bundeswehr period, and there's very little about that on the web anywhere. Now, there's a hint for someone...

(To find websites that have been removed, or to see earlier versions of existing sites go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine at http://www.archive.org/web/web.php and enter the URL  at the Wayback Machine/Take me Back panel (remember to remove duplicate instances of 'http://'!)  and then select any instance of the dates offered. You will, after a certain amount of time best given over to contemplation of all the foolish things you have done today, get something interesting, as if by magic. )

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and now some links to sites where you can buy helmet books - but please note, this section has NOT been revised or updated for some time!!!!

TIN HATS TO COMPOSITE HELMETS - Martin Brayley - http://www.amazon.co.uk/

A really rather good and very accessible overview of many of the helmets unsed during the last century. Is not absolutely comprehensive, but often presents information more clearly than some other helmet books. Quite essential, really. Recommended.

THE DUTCH STEEL HELMET 1916-1946 - Kevin de Joode -  http://www.bataafscheleeuw.nl/

A really superb book, that fulfilled all my expectations. This will tell you everything you need to know about Dutch helmets within the period specified. And gives a small but vital amount of information on the Dutch helmets used by the Romanians too ! It's only fault is that it doesn't cover the post-WW2 era. Volume 2, or a website supplement perhaps? Very highly recommended. It is available in two editions, Dutch and English. The English translation is excellent.

Please note - the publishers do not take online payments. But do not be put off! Just order the book through the website (see below for instructions) and they will send the book with an invoice. You can then pay either by bank transfer if that is available to you, or by sending cash in Euros (easily available from any bank or Bureau de Change).

To order the English-language edition of this book - go to the website, choose "Assortimement" from the headers, scroll down the next page and find 'Internationaal', scroll down to 'The Dutch Steel Helmet' and click on it. On the detail page for the book click on 'Besteldit boek' ('Buy this book') and then fill in your mailing information on the next panel. Click 'Verzenden' to order. Then re-read the previous paragraph.

ELMETTI / HELMETS - PAOLO MARZETTI - http://www.tuttostoria.it

The fourth edition of Marzetti's absolutely essential helmet encyclopedia was published in September 2003, and is widely available from specialist bookdealers (but not Amazon!). You can also easily get it from Tuttostoria, in Italy. Their website address is given above, and the specific page for the Marzetti book is http://www.tuttostoria.it/specificheing.asp?ID=366.  or choose 'Military Uniforms' from the left-hand links list. Contact them at info@tuttostoria.it for the current price including postage to wherever you are. I bought mine in October 2003 and it cost 66 euro including postage to the United Kingdom.

This edition is a great leap forward from the third edition - being at least 40 percent larger for a start, as well as completely redesigned, and now including some colour pictures. It's updated to mid-2003.

No doubt, this is an essential and very valuable reference for all helmet fans. I recommend it without reservation. There is said to be Fifth Edition in the near future.  No firm news as of October 2013.

CASQUES DE COMBAT - THE ENCYCLOPEDIA - OUT OF PRINT . I suggest you try any means (including ABE ) to get a set - these books may be now 'old', but they were the first really serious and comprehensive books on helmets.

Editors Pierre-Paul Struye, Jean Dagnas and Yves Plasseraud produced a wonderful thing here. Any serious helmet fan should have these. I've had mine for years and learned an enormous amount from them.

RUSSIAN HELMETS - http://www.bender-publishing.com/

On this publisher's site you will find Robert Clawson's excellent book RUSSIAN HELMETS - FROM KASKA TO STALSHLYEM 1916-2001. A fine book which does exactly what it says on the cover. Worth every penny, and I use it frequently for both information and simple pleasure in the author's enthusiasm. If only there were a similar book on every other nation's helmets, especially the British! NB to specialist collectors and publishers - we really need a comprehensive book on British helmets! Where is Marcus Cotton?

Unfortunately there is no simple 'Search' facility on the Bender site - either scroll down endlessly keeping your eyes open, or enter something like "Russian" in the Find-In-Page box and keep looking.

STEEL POTS - http://www.bender-publishing.com/

Still on the Bender books site, where you will also find details of Chris Arnold's two excellent books on the US helmets STEEL POTS and PAINTED STEEL.  Alas STEEL POTS is listed as Out Of Print, so with the incomprehensible removal of Arnold's website there is a real problem for anyone wanting solid information on the whole spectrum of US-used steel helmets.

Bender's English-language translation of Ludwig Baer's HISTORY OF THE GERMAN STEEL HELMET, is also listed as Out of Print.

U.S. COMBAT HELMETS - http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/

At the Schiffer Books website you will find a variety of fine books by Mark A Reynosa covering many aspects of US helmets. Well worth acquiring as they give detailed information that may be lacking in the more encyclopedic Casques de Combat or Marzetti. They are sufficiently different in tone, emphasis, and illustration to the Arnold books to be essential complements. Mark Reynosa's website is at http://www.helmets.mar-prod.com/

FINNISH HELMETS -  http://www.mpkk.fi/en/museum/contact/

Here you should find enough information to make contact with the kind and helpful Information Officer of the Finnish Military Museum who should be able to supply you with a copy of Stig Roudasmaa's excellent book on Finnish helmets Teraskypara Suomen puolustusvoimissa [The steel helmet in the Finnish Defense Forces]. It is mostly in Finnish as you'd expect, but with a substantial English language section which Explains All.

This is a superb little book, which should be in any helmet collector's reference library. Please remember to say that you are prepared to pay money for the book and postage!

TIN LIDS - CANADIAN COMBAT HELMETS - http://www.servicepub.com/upclose.html

Canadian helmets may at first seem a pretty small subject, and yes, this item by Canadian collector Roger V Lucy is a small book, just 48pp, even if it is A4 size. But there's a wealth of information in here. On almost every page I found something I hadn't previously known or even imagined. It's well-written, deeply researched, and packed with knowledge.

Highly recommended for all helmet enthusiasts as it has good information on many aspects of general 20th century helmet history.

COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO SWISS MILITARY HELMETS

Jean-Paul Soulier's book on Swiss Helmets is now OUT OF PRINT and unavailable from M. Soulier or anyone else really. Try the various online secondhand dealers, such as ABE, and hope really hard. There may be a revised new edition one day, no hard news yet.

A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO SCANDINAVIAN MILITARY HELMETS - Volume 1, DENMARK AND NORWAY by Anders Skotte - Currently - April 2010 - available from Stefan Anbratt; please contact ct Greg Pickersgill for information.

Highly recommended. And what happened to Volume 2, Sweden and Finland then, eh?  (Actually, Stefan may be writing this himself. Everyone should encourage him, it is a worthwhile and essential project.)

HELMY WOJSKA POLSKIEGO - JACEK HIJAK -
http://www.bellona.pl/
http://ksiegarnia.bellona.pl/index.php?c=new&bid=842&page=2

The late Jacek Hijak's book on Polish helmets has been republished (2004) by Bellona in Poland. This book - while wholly recommended - is not easy to find in Western Europe or North America. I have given the main web-site address for Bellona above, and the subsection of the site which shows the book. Bellona do seem to take Visa and Mastercard payments. Navigating the site is somewhat difficult as there's no obvious 'search' button.
The book is in Polish, as you might expect, but there is an English-language key to the photographs and illustrations which is extremely helpful.

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now for those who read this far, some interesting pages about helmets

http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/resources/doughboy.html - details of the construction of WW1 helmets in the USA

http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/it/2003/1/2003_1_34.shtml

http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1984/5/1984_5_86.shtml
two articles on the general development of helmets from the American Heritage history website

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Combat_helmets
the Wikipedia start page for 'helmets' - not much for us so far, but room for improvement.

http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/ww2/dating_m1.htm
a single page from a much larger website, with a table showing how to identify the date of manufacture of the US M1 helmet.

http://www.uncp.edu/news/2006/michael_spivey.htm
a notice for a forthcoming book on the M1 helmet - did this ever appear anywhere? I can find nothing on it anywhere else.

http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/helmet17.htm
some notes, by Mark Reynosa, on the US M1917 helmet, brief but useful.