Original German WWII First Model DAK Afrikakorps Sun Helmet- Complete- Dated 1941- Size 56

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. 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 model like this having cotton outer covering made of fabric panels sewn together.

The pith and fabric construction was lightweight, and permitted ventilation while warding off the sun. Also, it was common for them to be doused in water, as the evaporation effect would cool off the helmet, and therefore the air inside. This however eventually resulted in the helmet becoming soft overall.

This example is in excellent condition, showing no signs of softness or crushing to the pith, which is rather uncommon for these rare helmets. All of the components are present including the often missing chinstrap, which is intact and unbroken. The original khaki cloth covering is intact showing only a few signs of wear here or there. The helmet band is in great condition, and still hides the liner split pins. The leather trim is in good condition, with the expected wear from age and use.

The interior of the helmet still has the original red cotton covering intact, with only minor staining from water and wear. The liner itself is in good condition, with the leather sweatband pliable and complete. The sweatband is stamped with maker's initials “JHS” , seen on other examples of both 1st and 2nd model helmets. On the underside of the sweat band it is ink stamped with size 56, and year of manufacture 1941.
The metal badges are genuine and are in excellent condition with a nice finish and patina. They appear to be made of die cast zinc, and do show oxidation and flaking.

A wonderful example that will make a great addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection.

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