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#1 14-05-2017 22:49:07

Rebbaron55
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German Red Cross Tropical pith Helmet

I just recently acquired this interesting pith. No markings in it that I could find except the size 56. Some small scraping on the top air vent cap show some blue paint underneath. No remains of pin holes in side for eagle etc. Didn't cost too much, but sure hope to add it to my medical gear collection! Enjoy!  Barron

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#2 15-05-2017 00:28:34

RRA227
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Re: German Red Cross Tropical pith Helmet

Never seen anything like that. Rich A. in pa.


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#3 17-05-2017 11:22:07

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Re: German Red Cross Tropical pith Helmet

Yes uncommon to see but not impossible. We have seen a lot of period photos showing non conventional things that are categorized by collectors as "They wouldn't do that".


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#4 17-05-2017 14:56:09

Rebbaron55
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Re: German Red Cross Tropical pith Helmet

Just wanted to let you know I am researching through my archives and so far have only found photos of a M35 Steel helmet so far with exactly the same markings in Afrika but do remember see a photo of a pith with the same markings. Hope this gets everyone looking for either type! Remember when there was an early situation when only pith were available in Afrika. Yes, Chris thank you for your open thinking! I was very lucky to find this on E-Bay for $60 USD plus shipping from Austria as a gamble for a subject on forum! Not a major loss if fake but could be great gain if verified! Also may be blue pith if paint is removed as the top ventilation seems to be blue!   Barron

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#5 18-05-2017 12:23:18

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Re: German Red Cross Tropical pith Helmet

I'm leaning towards it being postwar application
looks like its being whitewashed, similar to what we did with tennis shoes in the 70's
Thanks for showing, interesting helmet
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#6 09-06-2017 20:06:49

Rebbaron55
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Re: German Red Cross Tropical pith Helmet

Thanks for your thoughts. I think it is real as it seems to be on a blue helmet! Worth it to get rid of the white if post war application! I just came upon a photo I had seen earlier of a nurse carrying a white sun helmet that I will post here!  Barron  smile

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