Original German WWII First Model DAK Afrikakorps Sun Helmet with Army Badges - 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, 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 example is in very good used condition, with all components present, including the often missing chin strap and badges. The original khaki cloth covering is intact and retains its original color well, though it does show some staining from dirt and age. The helmet band, is in very good condition, and still completely hides the liner split pins. The leather rim is completely intact, though there is wear around almost the entire edge, which has worn off some of the original finish.
The interior of the helmet still has the original red cotton covering intact, and it still has a great color. The liner itself is in very good condition, with the leather still supple, and just a bit of wear. The felt padding and fiber band are still in excellent condition, with almost no signs of age. The sweatband is named AdKINS on the underside, and is also marked with size 56. The metal badges are totally genuine and are in very good condition with a great finish, and very little wear. They appear to be made of aluminum.
This will make a great addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection.
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