SWITZERLAND

 

 

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SWITZERLAND M18 - front detail

This is NOT a lightweight civil defence helmet, despite the cross on the front.(Well, obviously it IS a civil defence helmet now, but...)
I think, because there are traces of green paint under the present coat of black, that it is a genuine M18, reissued to civil defence services.
Note the different contours to the shell side and the visor length as opposed to those of the definate M18-40 to right.

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SWITZERLAND M18-40 - front detail

This definate M18-40 has a much longer front visor, the angle at which the brim meets crown is different, and the angle of the front-to-side brim is different.

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SWITZERLAND M18 - shell

Looks like a standard Swiss civil defence but not so certain... There's green paint under that black topcoat.

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SWITZERLAND M18-40 - liner

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SWITZERLAND M18 - rear detail

Compare and contrast this probably-genuine-M18 with the definate M18-40 at right.The angle at the nape is different. Maybe...

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SWITZERLAND M18-40 - rear detail

...maybe definately...

 

 

 

 

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SWITZERLAND_M18_Police side

OK, I admit I have real problems telling the difference between a M18 and an M18-40. And we won't even go into the M18-43...(I'm joking of course, even I can tell whether or not it has the shadow-black grainy finish, but it is what's under the paint that worries me...)
But I am convinced this is a genuine M18, though possibly not original Army finish.

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SWITZERLAND_M18_Police, front detail

I don't know. The books tell us that the peak of the M18-40 is shorter than the M18, but it seems to me to be the other way around. Or, perhaps as usual, am I the only one in the army out-of-step?

HELP!

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SWITZERLAND_M18_Police liner detail

The one thing that does seem clear is that this P-prefixes serial denotes Police issue, and if JP Soulier is to be believed green-painted helmets were used by the Geneva police. At some time, not detailed.

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SWITZERLAND_M18_Police liner

Yes, it's the liner. Is it the M18 or the M18-40. I give up.....

 

 

 

 

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SWITZERLAND_M18 liner

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SWITZERLAND_M18-40 liner

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 SWITZERLAND_M18_strap detail

 

 

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SWITZERLAND_M18_rear detail

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SWITZERLAND_M18-40 rear detail

The back of the shell of the M18-40 is noticeably more cranked.

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SWITZERLAND_M18_back

The M18 has a straight back edge by comparion to the M18-40.

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SWITZERLAND_M18-40_back

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 SWITZERLAND_M18_front detail

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SWITZERLAND_M18-40 front

 

 

 

 

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SWITZERLAND M48-62

Derived from the British paratroop (or Mk2 armour) helmet, this was radically remodelled by the Swiss for armoured and other mobile troops.
The true M48-62 is a total Swiss product, only having a faint resemblance to the original British design.

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SWITZERLAND M48-62 - front

The shell seems thicker and better machined than the British original, and the liner rivets are placed differently.
This helmet, with or without the leather neckguard, has been used extensively, notably by Croat forces, in the Balkan wars of the 1990's.

 

 

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SWITZERLAND M48-62 - liner

The liner is a substantial improvement over the original British. In fact other than a vague outline similarity this is a totally different piece of kit to its forebears.

 

 

 

 

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SWITZERLAND M71 - side

The current, and probably last Swiss steel - as opposed to Kevlar or ballistic plastic - helmet. Still in service, but on its way out even as I write.

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SWITZERLAND M71 - front

NOT a paratroop helmet, despite the insistence of many ebay sellers!

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SWITZERLAND M71 - liner

The liner has obvious similarities to both that of the M48-62 and the earlier M18-40.