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The official term for the "German Helmet" or "Nazi Helmet". Stahl is the German word for steel, helm meaning helmet. It's design was based on the medival Sallet helmet. Since WWI, it's had a few different versions:
M16-Came about in 1916
M18-1918
M35-1935
M40-1940
and the M42-1942
German soldiers often wore stahlhelms to protect their heads from shrapnel.
by Thatoneguyisawesome June 27, 2011
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