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#1 06-09-2015 02:22:55

sapickle87
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unusual DAK helmet.

Hello everyone!  I have a very strange helmet.  I believe it to be a M43 style helmet, but it has several unusual features.  I have spoken with several "experts" and they all agree that the helmet is authentic, but have no idea what it is.  The helmets most distinguishable feature is its thickness.  It is approximately 3/16's to 1/4 inches (6.35 mm) thick with a raw edge.  It is far thicker and heavier than any combat helmet I've ever encountered.  It also has unusual ridges on each side leading up to where two lugs should be (they are missing).  They paint seems to be authentic desert sand  color as it has taken on a rosy hue with age.  There are no makers marks or serial numbers.  The last strange thing about it, is that it has two decals-one eagle on the left and a palm tree on the right.  I know that the Afrika Korps had no decals on infantry helmets, but the decals don't appear to be fakes!  Someone actually tried to scrape the swastikas off!!! Does anyone have any idea what kind of helmet this is or what it was used for?  As soon as I figure out how to upload pictures on my phone, I will.  Thanks in advance!

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#2 06-09-2015 02:28:54

sapickle87
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

How do I post pictures from my phone?!?!?!  Technology hates me!!!!

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#3 10-09-2015 10:40:35

Sebastian.V
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

hello, you have a special tutorial in the forum rules thread, please have a look of send me your pics : vestae7@yahoo.fr

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#4 10-09-2015 14:39:28

don_kihotis7
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Read here for posting pics: http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/viewtopic.php?id=291

Regarding helmets there were 3 models: M35, M40 and M42.
A helmet with palm tree decal sounds bogus.

Welcome to the forum by the way.


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#5 11-09-2015 02:37:12

sapickle87
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Thanks for the info!  Glad to be a part of the group.  I'll get right on those pics.

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#6 11-09-2015 02:54:52

sapickle87
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Sebastian V, I sent you a couple of emails with pics.  I hope they help.  Thanks for all the info so far!

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#7 11-09-2015 20:57:37

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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

ya !

http://i59.tinypic.com/2rpqp8z.jpg
http://i57.tinypic.com/2h6xg2d.jpg
http://i57.tinypic.com/2ef7vjt.jpg

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#8 11-09-2015 21:28:45

sapickle87
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Thanks Sebastian V!! Any idea what I'm dealing with?

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#9 12-09-2015 10:21:53

Sebastian.V
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

you are welcome ! the decal are not original and the helmet also... post war for sure

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#10 12-09-2015 23:30:58

sapickle87
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Well, that's unfortunate but I didn't pay a lot for it.  Just for future reference, what are some ways I can spot a fake?

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#11 13-09-2015 12:03:46

Eddie
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Hi my page on Facebook shows many examples of original helmets https://www.facebook.com/German-Helmets … ne/?ref=hl I can also locate one for you if you let me know how much your willing to spend.
Regards
Eddie


http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q602/DAKEddie41/WW2%20various%20pics/aMT_Terminator2Ani_zps5d273b61.gif Join my " ROMMELS'S AFRIKAKORPS " facebook page if you want to live!  big_smile www.facebook.com/pages/Rommels-Afrikako … 683?ref=hl

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#12 14-09-2015 07:58:37

don_kihotis7
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Re: unusual DAK helmet.

Indeed it's a complete fake. Even the shell. Pity.

How can you spot a fake? Well there are many things that are wrong with this one.

Look at the vent holes, the thickness of the rim and that raised part above the palm tree for a start.


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