This is an original WWII German 1939 manufactured Luftschutz two-piece gladiator helmet. The RL 2 39/11 stamping on the rear interior brim denotes production by the Carl Busse, Mainz factory, while the label "Vertrieb genehmigt, gemäß § 8 Luftschutzgesetz, Kopfweite: 57" translates to "Sales authorized, pursuant to § 8 Air Protection Act, head width: 57". Interestingly, members of the Luftschutz were required to purchase their own helmets upon joining the organization. The helmet shell retains its original factory blue paint and decal. The interior comes complete with its original size 57 leather liner and early double-buckle chinstrap still intact. The cork liner spacers are square, denoting war-time installation. There is rust and paint flaking throughout.
WWII German M39 Luftschutz Gladiator Helmet