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ExRare Original WWI German Bulgarian M16 helmet - Si66, Camo finish, decal « Bulgarian Militaria « Home

ExRare Original WWI German Bulgarian M16 helmet - Si66, Camo finish, decal

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ExRare Original WWI German Bulgarian M16 helmet - Si66, Camo finish, decal

A very rare example of an original WW1 M16 steel helmet with camouflage finish. The helmet was made in Germany as seen by the stamps. In WWI when Bulgaria became a German ally, there was a quantity of M16 made for Bulgarian army. The helmets are used by Bulgarian soldiers in WWI, and reused in WWII too. In WWI they have been used in their original state - paint and liners. After the war what have left is kept as iron ration. In face of WWII Bulgarian army included all new and old rations, such was a small quantity of M16 All these history marks are well seen on the helmet here: the original paint is well seen at some places ; army decal is still seen ; Inside the shell have been replaced the liner, ring and rivets. Chinstraps are of old WWI model - one piece. Cannot say when exactly was made the camouflage cover... The helmet was prepared for the WWII. After the war very few M16 together with the huge number of Bulgarian M36 left as military rations of yet communist Bulgaria. There is a German stamp with the shell size - Si 66. Liner size is L - EU58. Another serial number stamp is seen on inside bottom of shell - 31608 The helmet is extremely rare piece with a 100 years history !
Absolute find for military and museum collections!
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