Original German WWII Unissued 2nd Model 1942 dated Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by JHS with Badges and Goggles - size 57

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 (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 condition, with all parts intact and in great shape, with little sign of abuse or major wear. The original olive/khaki felt covering is almost completely intact, and retains its original color well. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in great condition as well. The original chin strap is fully intact and supple, with just a bit of finish wear. The green leather trim is slightly worn on the edges from many years of storage. 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 mostly intact, with some signs of light mothing and wear. The leather liner itself is in excellent condition and supple. It is embossed with JHS and the underside of the sweatband is marked size 57 with a 1942 date. The red felt inner is still present, however it is torn almost all of the way across the crown, probably due to storage on a hat stand. The included goggles are in very good condition and the lenses remain clear, though the rubber surround has become stiff. The elasticity on the strap has even been retained quite well, something rarely seen!

This will make a fantastic addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection!

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