Original French WWII North African Zouave M26 Adrian Helmet
Original Item: Only One Available. Excellent genuine World War II model 1926 French North African campaign Zouave helmet. The helmet retains the original olive green paint and is complete with the French North African Zouave RF badge to front. Size is approximately US 7.25 (58cm). Features a wonderful complete original leather liner in excellent condition. Overall condition of the helmet is very good, shell shows some minor dings, scratches and paint loss consistent with age. These helmets are rare and very hard to find in such good condition.
In 1926 the Adrian helmet was modified by being constructed of stronger steel and simplified by having the main part of the helmet stamped from one piece of metal, and therefore without the joining rim around the helmet that characterizes the M15. The large ventilation hole under the comb, which had been a weak point of the old design, was also replaced with a series of small holes. The M26 helmet continued in use with the French Army until after World War II, and was also used by the French police up to the 1970s.
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