Original Swiss WWII M18/43 Steel Combat Helmet with Full Ring Liner
Original Item: One Only. Although the Swiss were neutral in WW1 (and WW2) they kept up with military development and as both the Allies and the Central Powers adopted steel headgear in 1916, so did the Swiss (the M18). This helmet is totally original and comes with German style full ring WW1 Helmet liners, which the Swiss copied, and come complete with an adjustable brown leather chinstrap. The M18 was issued through out the 20s and 30s, and in 1940 was updated with a 3/4 ring liner, but this model predates that. Then in 1943 all M18 and M40 helmets were withdrawn to have a new sawdust mixed matte black paint applied over the original paint, which is why this version is called the M18/43.
This example is in great shape, with a solid liner that is still supple, and intact functional chin strap. There are some areas on the exterior where the sawdust paint has been chipped off, showing the original smooth black paint. It has the names ASEMADENI and NENE scratched into the interior paint. The rear half of the rounded rim is missing however, as they were only soldered on. A great example of an interesting WW2 helmet.
Also of major note; it is true that this model helmet was the one on which the design of Darth Vader's helmet in the "Star Wars" films was based upon. These have become quite hard to find today, an early important step in helmet development especially with the "Star Wars" connection.
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