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Old 06-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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I believe this to be an early Fallschirmjäger helmet, comments very welcome.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:49 PM   #7
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Looks like the Fallschirmjäger (or "Luftlandetruppen" in Bw) Versuchshelm, a trial helmet issued to FJs 1955 until 1961. It was replaced by M1-style supposedly because it had no brim and that problem when it rained. Of course GSG9 used similar helmet in 1970s-80s but I am not sure what differences are other than colour (GSG9 Springerhelme are dark green). Yours looks like Bundeswehr version to me.

These helmets are very rare, so you have good find!

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Old 06-18-2009, 03:21 PM   #8
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Although it doesn't show very well in the photos the paint is blue. What would be a good price range for this helmet as I wish to put it on the estand next week.

p.s. This helmet was actually worn by a reporter during the recent war between Russia and Georgia.
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They would be almost blue in colour, so it sounds authentic. I do not know what good price is for them - I have never seen one for sale before. Another member has one in his collection and maybe know value but I forget who at moment. Interesting that it had such use because they are not that common!

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Thanks for your help, if you can find out for me that would be a great help.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:48 AM   #11
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Looks like the Fallschirmjäger (or "Luftlandetruppen" in Bw) Versuchshelm, a trial helmet issued to FJs 1955 until 1961. It was replaced by M1-style supposedly because it had no brim and that problem when it rained. Of course GSG9 used similar helmet in 1970s-80s but I am not sure what differences are other than colour (GSG9 Springerhelme are dark green). Yours looks like Bundeswehr version to me.

These helmets are very rare, so you have good find!

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I believe that there are no differences to the helmet itself other than the color, but I sometimes see these helmets on Ebay.de with a plastic chincup, I also remember seeing it on a picture once. My 2c.

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:21 AM   #12
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I believe that Gordon Craig owns a helmet like mine. The GSG9 helmets seemed to have a rough green paint job and some had a different liner.
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This BW falli appears to be wearing a helmet similar to David's.

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Nice photo. does anybody else have any idea as to a sensible resale cost?
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:58 AM   #15
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David,

Sorry that I couldn't help you erlier with a price, and I still can not, but I can supply some additional info. 2400 of these blue helmets were made for trial purposes before the American style helmet was adopted by the BW. Of the few I have seen for sale all are like your. IE in as new condition so I think that very few were ever issued for wear as a trial helmet.
As to the GSG helmet of this shape, the one in my collection is Khaki in colour with a very rough surface. There is a scratch on the top of my helmet and there appears to be blue paint underneath the khaki.

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