Original German WWII Second Model Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by JHS with Badges - Dated 1942
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 very good used condition, with all 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 original chin strap is fully intact and supple, with just a bit of finish wear. The green leather trim is worn through in one spot, showing the rim stiffener wire, but is otherwise intact. The two aluminum badges are intact and retain all of their original paint.
The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering intact. The liner itself is in excellent condition and supple. It is embossed with JHS and the underside of the sweatband is marked size 55 with 1942 date. The red felt inner lining is nearly complete but shows one tear. Really a great slightly used example of this type of helmet.
This will make a fantastic addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection
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