Original German WWII Second Model Afrikakorps Sun Helmet with Badges
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 having cotton outer covering made of fabric sewn together. This is the second model, with a felt covering.
This particular example has some wear in the decades since it was in service. The original olive/khaki felt covering is intact and has some minor discoloration. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in good condition as well. The original chin strap is broken and mostly missing. The leather trim is in good condition with a few areas of wear. The two aluminum badges are intact and retain nearly 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 M inside a shield and the underside of the sweatband is marked with 1942 date. The red felt inner lining is complete. Overall an appealing helmet with some minor issues, but very affordable.
This will make a fantastic addition to any German WW2 Afrikakorps collection
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