ROMANIA

 

 

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ROMANIA M73 - front

This helmet is clearly modelled on the pre-WW2 Dutch M34. The edge of the shell is flatter, and the chinstrap is totally different, but the similarities are obvious.

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ROMANIA M73 - back

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ROMANIA M73 -side

This could be a later model of the M73, known as the M73-80. I have not seen the later version and the photographs I have are not clear enough to see if there is any significant difference.

In fact I'm not entirely sure there really is an M73-80 -  Information please!

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ROMANIA M73 - back stamping detail

This stamping - on the outside of the shell - is a serial number (86-040) to the left of the carrying-slot, and another string of numbers to the right (unclear, could be 12011).

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ROMANIA M73 - liner detail, flap closed

The neckflap is very similar (but larger) to that used on the pre WW2 Dutch helmets on which this Romanian design is modelled.
This photograph shows it folded in.

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ROMANIA M73 - liner detail

The leather liner is fitted over a yellow-green coloured felt inner-piece that completely covers the crown of the helmet.

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ROMANIA M73 - liner detail, flap open

Here the flap is folded out, as it would be if being used as an extra brace for the head

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ROMANIA M73 - chinstrap detail

The chinstrap is a double-d-ring type.