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ExRare Original WWI German M16 helmet - Si66, used in Bulgarian army

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ExRare Original WWI German M16 helmet - Si66, used in Bulgarian army

A rare example of original WW1 M16 steel helmet . 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 officers and soldiers in WWI, and re-used in WWII too. In WWI they have been used in their original state - paint and liners. After the war what have left was kept as iron ration. After end WWII communist army has removed all paints and replaced the liners with new ones. In such conditions a small quantity of M16 helmets left in a military stock.
All these history marks are well seen on the helmet here: the paint is dark green, laid in 1950s.

Inside the shell have been replaced the liner and chinstraps.
There is a German stamp with the shell size - Si 66. Bottom of shell marked with Bi 291. Liner size is XL - EU58.

The helmet is extremely rare piece with a 100 years history !
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