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ONSV6531

Original Spanish Civl War Black Arrows Italian M16 Helmet

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Original Item: Only One Available. The Italian World War One Model 1916 Adrian helmet also referred to as the "Lippmann Model" began to be produced in April 1916. It was a variation of the French M15 Adrian helmet. The Italian M16 is two-piece construction and features a welded on comb as opposed to riveted. The front of this example has an rare original Spanish Civil War yugo y flechas (bow and arrow) insignia of the Spanish Nationalist group the "Black Arrows". Helmet features its original paint and leather chinstrap but he liner and liner band are missing.

The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) Was a brutal, repressive, and for this Americano, difficult to follow struggle which pitted several not particularly sympathetic groups - some quite repugnant- against each other.

When it was over strongman Francisco Franco  was left standing, the Spanish Republicans were on the run and in tatters, and the Communists were just as looney as ever.  The three guys who may have benefited most were Ernest Hemingway who got a great book and movie deal out of it all, Picasso who left us with an incredible painting, and Adolf AH who profited from what was a great opportunity to road test much of NSDAP Germany's new war making hardware.  

Today over a half century later we are left with a modern Spain that may be the leading exporter of irrelevance and ambivalence.  At least that struggle gave the helmet collecting world some very interesting steel lids.

During that war the various  factions used a variety of helmets, foreign and domestic, interchangeably with each other while they bled their country white.
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