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    #46
    Hi Gordon

    I got this one off the e stand a few months ago.
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      #47
      Here's the liner
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        #48
        I believe the helmet I have. Was made by China or Korea then exported to Iraq.

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          #49
          Joe,

          Your comments make sense. My friend Roger said he suspected the helmet that I have was made in Korea. Thanks for resolving this riddle for me.

          Regards,

          Gordon

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            #50
            The so-called M60 Stahlhelm (BW designation: Stahlhelm 1A1) was the first German-made steel helmet used by Bundeswehr, replacing M1 in 1960. About a year and a half later, it was replaced by M62, which would last until introduction of Gefechtshelm.

            The shell is similar to M1, but liner differs from M62 in attachment and is modelled after civil model helmets. Single canvas chinstrap has tension-sensitive clasp that releases under explosive concussion to prevent wearer's head from being blown off!

            This example I picked up for low price off ebay couple months back. Other than a few dings, it is in near perfect shape. Stamped with sizes "56-58" and named to C. Langerstein. You do not see these very often.

            regards,
            Klaus

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            Last edited by Klaus1989; 07-13-2009, 08:45 PM. Reason: Better Photos

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              #51
              1. M35-53 as per marzetti. Does M53 sound better?

              This one has been reworked (74?) w/new components/paint. I have seen others with diamond shaped holes cut into the leather. I would imagine those would be 1953 issue.
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                #52
                2. liner
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                  #53
                  3. strap marking
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                    #54
                    1. ventless
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                      #55
                      ventless liner. I once had an issued one of these that had a round sticker that was affixed right over the round rubber pad. It had a type of sunburst logo and said something like: "Wir vom BGS".
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                        #56
                        1. In Baer's 'Vom Stahlhelm' book, p.26, a photo of the inside of this helmet is seen w/out liner. It is a TR era M42 shell that had the 3 liner retaining holes welded shut.

                        The M53 liner retaining stud was welded to the top. New chinstrap posts were welded to sides. This example is marked bvl 64 at the rear. The new M53 bands cover the vent holes from the inside.
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                          #57
                          2. liner
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                            #58
                            stamp at rear
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                              #59
                              1. This is a TR era M42 shell w/postwar liner. Q64 rear marked. Chinstrap posts welded to sides. In Baer's 'Vom Stahlhelm' book, p.26, the M40 version can be seen.
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                                #60
                                2. liner looks like a cross between the TR M31 and the US M1.
                                The strap is pretty thick. It could be an equipment strap of some sort.
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                                Last edited by Brian Ice; 01-26-2008, 11:11 PM.

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