SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

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SOUTH_AFRICA Mk1 side

According to Marzetti these are WW1 vintage Mk1 shells refurbished with South African made mk2 type liners and chinstraps between WW1 and WW2.

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SOUTH_AFRICA_Mk1 top

Notice the three holes! Just like the 'Greek' helmet. Whether these holes are at the front for a sun-visor or at the back for a neck-shield I really do not know. Information please!

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 SOUTH_AFRICA Mk1 front

This one has a stamping on one of the liner crosspieces that reads JAGER RAND (the S.A. manufacturer) and the date 1940. It is too small and faint to be photographed with my feeble camera.

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SOUTH_AFRICA Mk1 liner

 

 

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SOUTH_AFRICA Mk1 liner detail

The retaining bolt for the liner is on the inside, working up into a nut that from the outside resembles a typical British bolt.

 

 

 

 

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 SOUTH AFRICA M87 - side

A completely local S.A. design and build, this is a typical 1980s Kevlar piece, superficially similar to the US Fritz, the German Gefechtshelm, the Spectra, and so on. The British mk6 stands out as a complete design innovation by comparison!

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SOUTH AFRICA M87 - front

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SOUTH AFRICA M87 liner

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SOUTH AFRICA M87 - back

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SOUTH AFRICA M87 - liner detail 1

This chinstrap assembly seems very short - I find it impossible to buckle comfortably even though the shell of the helmet fits me well.

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SOUTH AFRICA M87 liner detail 2

See SAPHI manufacturers label, and written-in name of the S.A. soldier who once used this piece of kit.
This is helmet number 1628, an early one maybe.

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH AFRICA M83 PARA - front

This is either an Israeli export (the Orlite helmet) or a S.A.-made clone, it is not clear which. There are no manufacturer's  marks in this example.

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SOUTH AFRICA M83 PARA - side

The Israeli original was first produced in the late 1970's - exported to a variety of countries from the 1980s onward.

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SOUTH AFRICA M83 PARA - liner detail 1

Just like the M87, this seems to have extremely short chinstraps.

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SOUTH AFRICA M83 PARA - liner detail 2