Original German WWII First Model DAK Afrikakorps Sun Helmet with Army Badges - Dated 1942

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, 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.

This particular example is in very good condition, with all components intact. The original khaki cloth covering is intact and retains its original color well. The helmet band, is in excellent condition, and still completely hides the liner rivets. The chin strap is intact, and retains almost all of the original grey/green finish. The leather rim is mostly intact, though there is wear around almost the entire edge, which has worn off the original finish in places. There are also a few parts missing, which give a great view of the original cork.

The interior of the helmet still has the original red cotton covering intact, and it only has minimal fading and staining, and is stamped 7. The liner itself is in very good condition, with the leather still supple. The felt padding and fiber band are still in excellent condition, with almost no signs of age. The underside of the leather sweatband is marked with size 57, and is also maker marked and dated


The stamp is a bit unclear, but we are fairly certain it is a 1942 date. The metal badges are totally genuine and are in excellent condition with minimal wear. They both appear to be made of brass, which can be seen where the paint has worn.

This will make a great addition to any German WW2 Afrikakorps collection.

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