Original Italian WWII Bersaglieri Armored Division M35 Tanker Helmet With Plume - Complete
Original Item: Only One Available. Italy entered the Second World War with three armored divisions, the 131ª Divisione Corazzata ‘Centauro’, the 132ª Divisione Corazzata ‘Ariete’ and the 133ª Divisione Corazzata ‘Littorio’. An Armored Division was composed of an Armored Regiment with three Tank Battalions (55 tanks each), an Artillery Regiment, and a Bersaglieri Regiment.
The Bersaglieri, singular Bersagliere, are a troop of marksmen in the Italian Army's infantry corps. They were originally created by General Alessandro La Marmora on 18 June 1836 to serve in the Royal Sardinian Army, which later became the Royal Italian Army. They can be recognized by their distinctive wide-brimmed hats decorated with black capercaillie feathers, which is worn with the dress uniform. The feathers are also applied to their combat helmets.
The helmet itself is in really good overall condition with signs of minimal wear. All stitching is still tight on the black leather which is still tight to the fiber helmet. The rear leather skirt is still complete and free of damage as is the ear flaps and integrated chin strap and buckle. All ventilation screens are present and free of damage as well as the capercaillie feathers. We were unable to find a date of manufacture but there is no doubt that this helmet is of WWII manufacture. The size stamp is still present and states the size as a 57.
Comes more than ready for further research and display!
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