The Wrappenschild (or Decal), was a type of identifier used on the sides of German War Helmets. They were used on all Stalhelm (Helmets) issued to all Branches (Army, Navy and Air Force). The Wrappenschild normally were only 3-inches in length and were originally painted onto the side of The Helmet. During World War I, with the discontinuation of the mostly ceremonial “Picklehaub”, The Stalhelm became the standard issue. Originally, the first Wrappenschild used were “Crest Shields” which were in The Imperial German (Reich) Colors of Black, Red and White. They were painted on normally the left side of the “wings”of The Stahlhelm.
With the rise of National Socialism, such Decals were still used – only to include a Military or Political affiliation. Individual Units were not used, but major Commands were. In addition, Law Enforcement also adopted The Wrappenschild (SS, Gestapo etc.) After World War II, due to the association with National Socialism – the use of Wrappenschild were discontinued, with may destroyed or removed.