Stahlhelm

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Stahlhelm

 

(Steel Helmet), an armed monarchist organization of former frontline soldiers in Germany. Founded in November 1918, the Stahlhelm was oriented toward the German National People’s Party. Initially its leadership supported the restoration of the monarchy, the strengthening of German militarism, the repeal of the Peace Treaty of Versailles of 1919, and territorial seizures. By the early 1930’s, the organization had approximately 500,000 members. As the National Socialist Party grew stronger, the Stahlhelm gradually lost its influence and several of its leaders joined the National Socialists. After the establishment of the fascist dictatorship, the Stahlhelm merged with the Hitlerite Storm Troops.