SWEDEN

 

 

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SWEDEN M21-16 front

The rimmed helmet; it has a much wider and flatter brim than the later M21-18. Introduced in the 1920s

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SWEDEN M21-16

The interior is virtually identical to that of later models.

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SWEDEN M21-16 side

Flat broad brim quite obvious!

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SWEDEN M21-16 top

In addition to the obvious broad brim, there is a slightly more raised crest on this version than the later M21-18.

 

 

 

 

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SWEDEN M21-18

Side view. It's obvious even from the side that the broad brim has been dispensed with.In service from the late 1920s onwards.

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SWEDEN M21-18

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SWEDEN M21-18 interior

Virtually identical to the previous M21-16 model.

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SWEDEN M21-18 front

The crest is still there, but not so evident as on the M21-16

 

 

 

 

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SWEDEN M26 shell

On this model the brim has been reduced slightly further, and the crest dispensed with. There is also no Swedish three-crown badge on this model.Came into service in the late 1920's, and with different liners remained in use for many decades thereafter.

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SWEDISH M26 shell

Front view.

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SWEDEN M26 liner

This is the original three-pad leather liner. Later, a web-cradle liner was retrofitted to many examples of this helmet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWEDEN M37 shell

Side view. The final evolution - almost bowl shaped, could be mistaken for a British para helmet if you were selling it fraudulently on the web or elsewhere. In service from the late 1930s onwards, until replaced in the 1990s by a ballistic plastic helmet, the Hjalm 90.

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SWEDEN M37 shell

No brim, uniform contours, no crest...

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SWEDEN M37 liner

...but scarcely any change to the liner. These helmets were later relined with web-suspension and webbing chinstraps in the 1960's and 1970's.
The Finnish Wartsila (M40) is virtually identical to this, except for small but important details.