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A couple of WW2 Finnish Issue Helmets...

The typical easily identified German helmet

A couple of WW2 Finnish Issue Helmets...

Postby fernleaf78 » Wed May 16, 2012 7:41 pm

A few years ago I was in Gun City in Christchurch and found these two jems while wading through all the post-war M55 helmets..

Finnish Issued Hungarian M35

75,000 of these helmets arrived in Finland in February 1940 - too late to be used in the Winter War, but along with the locally produced m/40 (a copy of the Swedish m/37) these were the most commonly issued helmet during the Continuation War. Finland originally ordered German M35 helmets, but the Germans reneged on the deal - they needed them more - so helmets were bought from Hungary instead.

This one has been repainted and relined by the Finns, probably post war, but the liner is a war time produced depot replacement.

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Finnish Issued Czechoslovakian M33

50,000 of these helmets were bought by Finland from the Czechoslovakian factory in early/mid-1940.

This one has been repainted grey post-1962, and has a post war depot replacement liner.

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