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#1 05-02-2015 23:21:58

RRA227
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Transitional Helmet

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#2 05-02-2015 23:24:47

RRA227
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Re: Transitional Helmet

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/31_sdtrnslhlmt02.jpg
Transitional size 59 helmet. Rich A. in Pa.


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#3 06-02-2015 10:23:22

Sebastian.V
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Re: Transitional Helmet

he seems to be a model 16 ? very nice helmet !

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#4 06-02-2015 16:44:14

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Re: Transitional Helmet

Thanks. It is a W.W.1 converted to W.W.2 style and a great size. Rich A. in Pa.


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#5 16-03-2016 00:23:31

d-dayman
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Re: Transitional Helmet

Looks like an M18 helmet. Its difficult to see from the poor photos… but if it has no lugs for the chinstrap on the sides of the skirt - and it has the chinstrap mounts on the liner instead - then it is an originally manufactured M18 model.

The M16 has its own chinstrap mounted on the teardrop mounts on the side of the helmet - not the liner.  This liner is the early doubled banded one issued for the M35 helmet.

I hope that helps.


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#6 16-03-2016 11:25:27

zip3120
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Re: Transitional Helmet

hi mate
to extend the discussion about Transitional Helmets:

Beginning in 1934 many World War I model helmets were refurbished for use by the Wehrmacht.  Helmets were gathered from surplus sources as well as from those in active use with Reichswehr troops.  The process of upgrading the helmets generally involved repainting the helmet with field gray paint both inside and out. The newly introduced Armed Forces Eagle (Wehrmachtsadler) was then applied to the left side of the helmet and the National tricolored shield to the right.
Refurbished helmets included the M1916, M1917, M1918, M1918 Ear Cut-Out, and the Austrian World War I model helmet.  Preferred helmets often included the M1918 and Austrian models because they were void of the large interior chinstrap lugs.  The lack of large lugs allowed the helmets to better accommodate the newer M1931 liner and chinstrap.
Helmets configured in this fashion were issued from 1934 through 1940.  Many helmets remained in service well after 1940 and saw combat with reserve troops until 1943.

here is my Austrian transitional helmet....

( During the early days of the German Army (Heer), many Austrian pattern World War I helmets were requisitioned for use by the procurement centers that were responsible for supplying German soldiers with equipment.  Following the Annexation of Austrian in 1938, the Austrian Army was integrated and absorbed into the German Army. )

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#7 19-03-2016 09:54:24

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Re: Transitional Helmet

Very nice helmet Doctor ! wink

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