Original German WWII 1942 dated 2nd Model Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by JTA with Badges & Ultrasin Goggles - size 56

Item Description

Original Item: On first deployment to North Africa in 1941, Afrikakorps infantry were issued with the traditional European sun helmet known as Tropische Kopfbedeckung (Tropical headgear), 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 is in very good lightly used condition, with most parts present and intact, showing light period wear at expected. The original olive/khaki felt covering is completely intact, and retains its original color well. The shape of the helmet is well retained, with almost no sag in the center of the top. The vent cover looks to have been replaced with one from a first model helmet. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in great condition as well. The original chin strap is present and in very good condition, still supple with just a bit of finish wear. The green leather trim around the bottom has wear to the finish, but is still fully intact with no tearing. The badges on this example look to be painted cast brass or zinc, and they are still firmly affixed to the helmet. They do however show wear and oxidation to he exterior, with some finish loss.

The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering under the brim intact, with just a bit of fading. The leather liner itself is in very good condition and supple, embossed with the maker information and date: JTA / 1942. There is the size 56 stamped on the underside of the liner, but there is also a GERMANY export marking over a size 6 5/8, which does not really match the sizing stamped underneath. We assume that the original German sizing is correct. The rigid red felt inner lining is still in great shape, with no cracks or other damage. Definitely a very nice example!

Also included is a lovely pair of "Ultrasin" leather goggles in blue / gray, most likely made by the company Nitsche and Gunther. These look to be the 55% tint type, very useful in the desert sun. This type was for the most part general purpose, though not really intended for flight or another type of use that would need a wide field of vision. They are in good condition, with intact elastic, however the canvas portion of the securing band definitely does show rust staining from storage.

This will make a fantastic addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection!

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