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    Z42/79 helmet

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    Post by ripcord Sat Jan 21, 2023 9:34 pm

    Helmet with reversible cover.

    These helmets were worn into early1980s.



                                                                                                                                 

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    Post by CollectinSteve Sun Jan 22, 2023 2:08 am

    It would be great if someone with experience with the history of these helmets document the various versions of it. Some time long ago I knew more about them, but I don't have documentation and have since forgotten. IIRC my examples don't have that big hollow rivet above the liner rivets.

    If I can easily find my helmets I'll take some pics. I think I have the metal Army crest on the front of one of mine too. That was done for parades and probably other formal occasions.

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    Post by ripcord Sun Jan 22, 2023 4:03 am

    As far as I know, there were 2 types of Z helmets. Although German helmets ( M35s) are known to have been worn during the Spanish Civil War, post WWII helmets in the German design are designated as M42, and M42/79 ( with upgraded web liner ). The M42 had a simple 3 part leather liner. They also have that big vent rivet.
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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Mon Jan 23, 2023 12:31 am

    Beautiful example rip, and nice to have the cover too. I picked one up years ago but it's very scratched and dinged, and the front bracket for the badge/cockade was hammered in.
    Mine does have the vent holes above the side liner rivets, but I don't recall ever seeing any heat stamps or other markings anywhere on it to tell a maker or date.

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    Post by ripcord Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:02 am

    Thanks. It's a relatively recent acquisition, but have wanted one for a long time.

    I don't recall seeing markings, or dates, but will look again and let you know ASAP..
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    Post by Wolverine Tue Jan 24, 2023 2:31 am

    I think that a lot of these helmets were ruined in the 1980s-90s by folks who wanted inexpensive "German" helmets. It is now getting difficult to find nice examples that haven't been messed with. I remember in the late 1980s/early 1990s they were everywhere in the surplus stores.

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