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    belgium m17 para helmet

    Post by Guest on Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:30 am

    my m17 paratrooper helmet with what i believe is 2nd pattern jigsaw cammo cover please correct me if im wrong it has a car tyre innertube covering the edge there are some faded hand written symbols in places i think there is a chincup missing but shouldnt be to hard to source as it looks identical to the french f1

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:51 am

    Never seen one of those before-I LIKE it.

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    Post by Guest on Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:57 am

    thank you gulf ,im really liking this one it has a been there look about it the closest reference i could find on the tinterweb is these examples

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    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:07 pm

    Super-cool James, see the helmet section for more info and compliments Wink

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:11 am

    VERY nice find. Those helmet covers are near impossible to find. Looks like 1970s cloth.

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    Post by Guest on Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:27 am

    many thanks steve i know what you mean ,ive waited a long time to find one and thanks for the info on the cloth Wink

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    Post by flashesandovals on Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:42 am

    Before we went to the kevlar type helmet in 1993, we were never issued any helmet covers in the Belgian Army, only nets - period! ( Except for 3 Para).
    Covers were home-made from sandbags, cammo hoods from older smocks, cammo shelter halves etc.
    Also, whatever available other nation's helmet covers were procured on an individual basis...US ERDL, MITCHELL and WOODLAND M1 or PASGT, UK etc.
    In the early 80's 3 Para had some made for the battalion. They had a very distinct commercial pattern, nothing like any other military ever used before. I still have one that I will try to dig up.
    Being the Platoon Sergeant in the 90's, I had everybody to wear the same US woodland PASGT cover. On top of that everyone had a removable cammo net with burlap and strips of old cammo cloth.
    We made the removable so we could get rid of it when training in urban terrain.

    And one last thing: at the Para-Commando Brigade we were issued 2 helmets each; the one depicted here was for jumping and the PASGT type was to be worn once we hit the ground and on firing ranges - so we carried both into combat/exercise...go figure!
    It appeared that we needed the protection of the PASGT but it was too wide and caused injuries when jumping the French type TAP parachute.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:12 am

    I would love to see a picture of the 3 Para cover. Sounds interesting!

    Interesting detail about jumping with two helmets. I don't think I've ever heard of anybody doing that. Certainly your old steel helmets were better for jumping than the Kevlar type, but two helmets? That's a very odd solution.

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    Re: belgium m17 para helmet

    Post by flashesandovals on Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:27 pm

    I will take a picture of mine and come up of a pic 3 Para soldiers wearing them.
    The 2 helmet situation went on for years until they decided to adopt the US MICH type helmets.
    I don't know if they still use the PASGT Type though.

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    Re: belgium m17 para helmet

    Post by flashesandovals on Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:44 am

    flashesandovals wrote:I will take a picture of mine and come up of a pic 3 Para soldiers wearing them.
    The 2 helmet situation went on for years until they decided to adopt the US MICH type helmets.
    I don't know if they still use the PASGT Type though.

    Here it is!


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    Re: belgium m17 para helmet

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:37 am

    Interesting! It looks similar to the Jigsaw variation used by Zaire.

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