Original German WWII 2nd Model 1942 dated Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by JHS with Badges & Dust Goggles - size 56
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 great, slightly used condition, with all parts intact and in nice shape. 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 good condition as well, with an intact top vent cap. The leather trim around the edge is intact with moderate wear as well as the chin strap. The two aluminum badges are intact and retain most of their original paint, with the expected paint flaking from service.
The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering intact. with a bit of color fading. The liner itself is in good condition, with light sweat staining from use, and all of the attachment cotter pins are still present. It is embossed with JHS and the underside of the sweatband is marked size 56 with 1942 date. The red felt inner lining is complete with a nice color, though it has some tears, as shown.
Judging from the use and wear patterns, it looks like this helmet was not worn much, but did get carried around a lot.
Also included is a lovely pair of “sun and dust” goggles, for that classic look!
This will make a fantastic addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection!
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