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    Post by Guest Thu May 31, 2012 6:18 pm

    just a few pieces ive picked up so far mainly lids but we all have to start somewhere thanks james my small bw collection  100_2380my small bw collection  100_2379my small bw collection  100_2373-1my small bw collection  100_2359my small bw collection  100_2354
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    Post by CollectinSteve Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:13 am

    You're off to a good start Very Happy There are a number of different helmets, however they break down into three basic infantry types of US M1 style steel helmets (some variations within):

    1. Two piece made in the 1950s (1958?). Very rare, very expensive when properly identified so as not to be confused with others.
    2. Standard chinstrap. 1960s-1970s. Very common
    3. Chinstrap and rear neck support. 1980s-1990s. Very common.

    At first I thought you had the second model, but looking at the strap and the rivets... I'm not sure that's actually BW. Flip it over and take a pic of the liner, that might help firm up identity.

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    Post by Albano Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:38 am

    Nice start jaycee Wink

    The middle one in the lids pics as Steve said being the neck straped type is actual the Fallchirmjager model (i believe Steve knows that just didn't point out Smile )

    The two pieces first model of the BW helmet dated in the 50's as leather straps (somewhat adaptation of the WW2 FJ ones)

    Jaycee can you get photo from the inside of the wüstentarn helmet cover just to check with mine? Thanks in advance.

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    Post by Guest Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:47 pm

    many thanks steve for the information heres the insides of both stahlhelms and composite lid my small bw collection  100_2378my small bw collection  100_2355my small bw collection  100_2309 and thanks albano here's an inside view of the cover its pretty non descript to be honest my small bw collection  100_2517hope this helps many thanks james
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    Post by Camo_fiend Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:35 pm

    Nice Bundeswehr items, Jaycee! Your garden looks very nice too. Very Happy


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    Post by CollectinSteve Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:09 am

    Hi James,

    Yeah, the M1 style steel helmet is the type used in the 1980s through 1990s. It just looked a bit odd the way the first pictures were taken.

    Albano,

    Actually, it's not FJ Very Happy The FJ type has bolts, just like the WW2 type, that hold in the liner and chin straps. There is one bolt on each side of the head, two bolts at the rear. This was issued in the early 1960s and then discontinued. Apparently they used standard helmets from then until very recently.

    The two piece helmet is almost indistinguishable from any US type 2 piece helmet. Makes purchasing on eBay extremely risky because most of the helmets offered as "Bundeswehr" are US, Dutch, Austrian, Danish, etc. Markings are what one needs to look for above all else. However, there are some very subtle features which helmet collectors know to look for. I can't remember what they are off the top of my head.

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    Post by Guest Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:10 am

    many thanks again steve and many thanks ben for the nice complements on the bw gear and my garden i quess it must be the microclimate here in north wales plant collecting is my 2nd hobby after lids lol ive decided to fit a US woodland pat camo cover and an east german net for now on the m62 ive been told it would be more in keeping with that time period enjoy james my small bw collection  100_2520my small bw collection  100_2518my small bw collection  100_2519
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    Post by Albano Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:23 am

    CollectinSteve wrote:Albano,

    Actually, it's not FJ Very Happy The FJ type has bolts, just like the WW2 type, that hold in the liner and chin straps. There is one bolt on each side of the head, two bolts at the rear. This was issued in the early 1960s and then discontinued. Apparently they used standard helmets from then until very recently.

    The two piece helmet is almost indistinguishable from any US type 2 piece helmet. Makes purchasing on eBay extremely risky because most of the helmets offered as "Bundeswehr" are US, Dutch, Austrian, Danish, etc. Markings are what one needs to look for above all else. However, there are some very subtle features which helmet collectors know to look for. I can't remember what they are off the top of my head.

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    Stand corrected then. Always learning Wink

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    Post by CollectinSteve Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:04 pm

    Wales? I thought you were in Guam Very Happy

    Albano wrote:Stand corrected then. Always learning Wink

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    Post by cammobunker Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:13 am

    Jaycee, you'd see all manner of camo covers in BW service in the 70's and 80's-US Woodland, British DPM, Belgian patterns, old German "puzzle" pattern, old Splinter patterns, whatever they could lay hands on. I'm told it became something of a fashion statement to come back from joint exercises with foreign fabric to make a cover with. Also it was almost required to lace parachute cord through the holes/loops/netting/whatever to form a spiderweb like design, something still commonly done by BW soldiers today. It's necessary for turning your helmet into the hedge-like "moving bush" seemingly considered to be the minimum camouflage acceptable by the BW.
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    Post by Albano Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:44 am

    Jaycee

    Thanks for the photo of the inside of the desert cover. As i suspected no "A" stamp in it just as mine and all the ones i've seen so far.
    But it's not commercial thats for sure. Cut, construction and material are consistant with BW specs.

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    Post by CollectinSteve Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:31 pm

    There are several Flecktarn helmet covers, some of which were limited issue/experimental. There's even a reversible desert/temperate cover. Some of the early ones appear to have been quick and cheap attempts to cover the M1 helmets, either for trials or perhaps thinking there was no need for good ones because everybody would have Kevlar helmets soon. But the transition took a while and so they found it cheaper to make real covers instead of buying more Kevlar helmets. Or something like that Very Happy

    Anything with an "A" stamp is definitely legitimate (nobody's faking that as far as I know), though something without "A" stamp could still be legitimate. All that means is the item was taken out of service, uhm, unofficially Wink

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    Post by Albano Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:26 pm

    I also have one of those reversible temperate/desert covers but for the gefechtshelm. The G-number is most evident. Can't recall if its stamped "A" or not though.
    Also have another desert cover stamped "A" but the material is so, but so thin that the "A" can be seen in both sides. And as no camouflage loops. Can't find one with camo loops but i know they exist. Any ideas?

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    Post by Guest Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:25 pm

    i forgot to update my thread with my latest stalhlhelms first my 2nd pattern m60my small bw collection  100_2621my small bw collection  100_2622my small bw collection  100_2623my small bw collection  100_2624and then my m59 llmy small bw collection  100_2534my small bw collection  100_2542my small bw collection  100_2537thensome other pics my small bw collection  100_2401my small bw collection  100_2541my small bw collection  100_2570my small bw collection  100_2571
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    Post by Guest Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:48 pm

    some more updated photos my small bw collection  100_2672my small bw collection  100_2673my small bw collection  100_2674my small bw collection  100_2675my small bw collection  100_2678
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    Post by Easy Gee Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:30 pm

    Great stuff and displays as ever James, all you need now is some Tropentarn uniforms and your good to go Mate Wink
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    Post by Guest Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:41 am

    cheers gary here's another small addition and nice minty OD side cap dated 1979 with large ink stamped A on label my small bw collection  004-1my small bw collection  005-1
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    Post by Guest Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:17 am

    just a little update on my helmet grouping display enjoy james my small bw collection  29790my small bw collection  29795
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    Post by Easy Gee Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:32 am

    I really must get hold of one of those Sidecaps James,and it goes without saying your BW lid display,is one of the best I have seen in a long time, nice one Mate Cool

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