WWII GERMAN ARMY HELMETS
Under the Treaty of Versailles, the Reichswehr was only allowed 100,000 men split between the Army and the Navy.
Following the 1932 German elections the Nazi Party came to power and began to abrogate the treaty. The Army was
made part of the Wehrmacht in May 1935 with the passing of the "Law for the Reconstruction of the National Defence
Forces". The Wehrmacht included not just the Army and Navy but also a third branch known as the Luftwaffe.
Initially, the Army was expanded to 21 divisional-sized units and smaller formations. Between 1935 and 1945 this
force grew to consist of hundreds of divisions and thousands of smaller supporting units. Between 1939 and 1945
close to 16 million served in the Army. Over 3 million were killed and over 4.1 million were wounded. Of the 7,361
men awarded the initial grade of the highest German combat honor of World War II, the Knight's Cross of the
Iron Cross, 4,777 were from the Army, making up 65% of the total awarded. The Allies dissolved the German Army on
20 August 1946.