Original German WWII First Model Luftwaffe DAK Afrikakorps Tropical Sun Helmet with Eye Shields - Size 57
Original Item: On first deployment to North Africa in 1941, Afrikakorps troops 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 excellent 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. The helmet band, is in very good condition, and still mostly 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 vibrant color. The liner itself is in very good condition, with the leather still supple. The fiber band is still in good condition, though there is a bit of moth to the felt padding. The sweatband is dated 43 next to a size 57 stamping. The metal badges are totally genuine and are in very good condition with a great finish, and very little wear. The Luftwaffe Eagle has a great look and oxidized patina. They appear to be made of aluminum.
The included eye shields are in great shape, and really complete the look of the helmet. They still are quite clear, though the elastic on the back has been stretched out a bit by the helmet, so they maybe loose on a person's head.
This will make a great addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection.
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