Original German WWII 2nd Model 1942 dated Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by JHS with Badges - size 60

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 good used condition, with most parts intact and in nice shape, with little sign of abuse or major wear. 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 leather components however have not fared as well. The leather trim around the edge has a lot of cracking due to dryness and age, and the leather chin strap is in delicate condition, and has broken away from the interior. Part of it may be missing as well, and it is not pictured, as it will not stay on the helmet.

The two aluminum badges are intact and retain most of their original paint, with just a bit of flaking.

The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering intact. The liner itself is in good condition and supple. It is embossed with JHS and the underside of the sweatband is marked size 60 with 1942 date. The red felt inner lining is complete with a great color. Judging by the condition of the sweat band, this helmet was likely never worn in the field, and not worn much at all. The damage to the leather trim most likely happened in storage, after the leather started to dry out and crack. However, it still looks great!

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

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