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    Pictures of German Amoebatarn Helmet Covers in Use

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    Post by abefroman on Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:44 am

    Does anyone have pics if BW troops wearing helmets with the Maoebatarn/ Tarnmuster makeshift helmet covers?
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:51 pm

    The covers were used over a long period, but only after the shelters were out of service.  1960s-1980s.  Here are some pics.  

    First pic shows a FJ soldier in "Filzlaus" having a discussion with a general.  I'd guess mid 1960s.

    Second pic you can see one NCO taking customized camo to a much higher level!  He's wearing the 4th (and last) model Moleskin uniform, so that puts it sometime after 1986 IIRC.  The "L" on his arm denotes "Lehrer" (Instructor).

    Third pic shows at least three soldiers with Splittertarn covers and one with Amoebatarn cover.  My guess is 1970s for that shot.

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    Post by abefroman on Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:22 pm

    Thanks for posting. Here's mine.

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    Post by Wolverine on Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:10 am

    Geez, the photo of the instructor is almost unbelievable!
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    Post by HEB on Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:15 pm

    Wolverine wrote:Geez, the photo of the instructor is almost unbelievable!

    does his helmet look like a modern one!?
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    Post by abefroman on Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:31 pm

    HEB wrote:
    Wolverine wrote:Geez, the photo of the instructor is almost unbelievable!

    does his helmet look like a modern one!?

    Agree the shape looks like a B826 Kevlar but it may just be the helmet cover is loose on the back. The chinstrap matches with the M1A1 LL helmet.
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:03 pm

    It does look like a Kevlar helmet. That helmet entered service in 1992 after Flecktarn was already issued. This model of Moleskin uniform was used well into the 1990s due to the slow role out of Flecktarn. However, there was even a slower role out of the Kevlar helmets, so there's that to consider Wink The other thing is his equipment is the older webbing that was discontinued in the early 1980s, replaced by a lighter system, then replaced by the OD version of the equipment still in use today.

    It is possible this instructor is in the Reserves and is pictured in the mid 1990s using a mix of very old kit, old (but still worn) uniform, and somehow a Kevlar helmet. Also side note is that bayonets weren't commonly worn so there's that too.

    IMHO an instructor for the Reserves is a likely scenario because I'm not sure an active NCO would have all that Amoeba stuff on him.

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