Original German Second Model WWII Afrikakorps Sun Helmet with Badges - Dated 1942
Original Item: On first deployment to North Africa in 1941, Afrikakorps infantry were issued with the traditional European sun helmet known as Tropische Kopfbedeckung, of the type known to the British forces as the solar topi (or topee). In the German case, these were made of pith, had prominent ventilation holes in the crown, were khaki in color and bore two metal shields; on the right the national colors and on the left the German eagle. There were several models made, with the first having cotton outer covering made of fabric sewn together. This is the second model, with a felt covering.
This particular example has unfortunately has suffered some damage and wear in the decades since it was in service, mostly on the leather rim of the helmet. The original olive/khaki felt covering is completely intact, and retains its original color well. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in excellent condition as well. The original chin strap is broken and retained at 70%. The green leather trim however is almost partially missing and worn. The rim stiffener wire is exposed in places. The two aluminum badges are intact and retain much of their original paint.
The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering intact. The liner itself is in excellent condition and supple. It is embossed with JHS and the underside of the sweatband is marked size 55 with 1942 date. The red felt inner lining is nearly complete but shows one tear. Overall an appealing helmet with some issues, but very affordable.
This will make a fantastic addition to any German WW2 Afrikakorps collection
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