GERMANY - BRD

 

 

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GERMANY/BRD M60 - side

First version. It is the first German-designed Bundeswehr helmet, a 10-lobed leather liner fixed by four external rivets, with two more external rivets for the chinstrap.

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GERMANY/BRD M60 liner

Liners and liner fixing methods changed over time. Later models had a central rivet at the crown. Para models had liners bolted in as on German WW2 para helmets, with leather chinstraps almost identical to the WW2 para helmet.

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GERMANY/BRD M60 back

This basic shell was used for all other Bundeswehr helmets, including paratroop, until the introduction of the Kevlar helmet.

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GERMANY/BRD M60 top

Later models had virtually identical shells, except there were no side rivets for the liner, just one at the crown of the shell.

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GERMANY/BRD M60 strap detail

Chinstrap fasteners also changed with later models, and some models had a three-point chinstrap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GERMANY/BRD M62 - front

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GERMANY/BRD M62 - side

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GERMANY/BRD M62 - liner

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GERMANY/BRD M62 - liner detail 1

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GERMANY/BRD M62 - chinstrap detail

 

 

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GERMANY M62 - chinstrap detail

This example is identical to the M62 above, including the three-point attachment lugs on the shell, but has a simple elastic chinstrap. Was this a standard fitting or a 'field replacement'? This strap actually looks like a British Mk4/5 strap to me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GERMANY/BRD PARA - front

The shell is identical in principle to the M62, but with the addition of the classic Para bolts for the liner.
There is NOT a central rivet for the liner at the top of the helmet.

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GERMANY/BRD PARA side

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GERMANY/BRD PARA - liner

The liner is similar to the M62, with the additon of a diagonally-crossed moulded rubber strap between the leather liner and the shell, and a single cloth strap across the body of the helmet beneath that.
The horrible green substance on the liner is some kind of paint or rubber solution spilled on by a careless person before it came into my hands. I can't get it off!

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GERMANY/BRD PARA - back

Four bolts hold the liner and chinstrap, two at the back, one each side.
Does this helmet have a specific numerical designation? I'm not clear about this. Information please!

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GERMANY/BRD PARA - chinstrap detail

This looks to me very like the original M38 Para chinstrap. I haven't seen on by eye, so that's a supposition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - front

It's just another typical 1980s designed ballistic plastic helmet! -

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - front 2

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - back

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - side

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - liner detail 1

- but with a weirdly complicated plastic liner assembly, which has defied my efforts to dismantle without damaging it.

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - liner detail 2

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - liner detail 3

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GERMANY M826 KEVLAR - liner detail 4