This is an original WWII M36 helmet used in Bulgarian royal army. The shell is of the 4th C type.
Helmet retains its original green color. Liner and the chinstraps in perfect preserved condition. The royal decal is in rare great authentic condition , about 90%.
Liner size: EU 57
PERFECT FOR COLLECTION !
HISTORY OF THE BULGARIAN WWII M36 HELMETS: In World War II, Bulgaria saw an alliance with Germany as an opportunity to satisfy its territorial claims unsatisfied after the WWI. As an ally of Austro- Hungarian Empire and Germany, Bulgaria was supplied with all types of military equipment from these two countries. To meet the needs of the Bulgarian army the allies imported helmets, bayonets, military trucks, arms etc. In 1935 Bulgaria worked out a project for its own model helmet, based on the German M16 and created an unique improved model dated 1936.
Although there is scarce information about these helmets, what can be said is that the M-36 helmets came in 3 versions - named A, B and C type. Generally, it seems highly probable that the first versions of the helmet were produced by 3 foreign factories:
- Sandrik - Dolne Hamre, Slovakia
- Bruder Gottlieb und Brauchbar - Brun, Moravia /Bratri G&B - Brno, Czechia/
- Eisenhuttenwerk Thale - Thale, Harz, Germany In 1938 Bulgaria purchased a helmet matrix machine which was installed in Kazanlak military factory , so we supposed that the last C type Bulgarian helmets were made in Bulgaria by 1939. By the same period a new Bulgarian model appeared - M39.
What is typical for all the M36 helmets is a 3-color decal with black border on the side. It should be known that the decal is real, not painted by hand, as it was done in postwar times when M36 were still made use of. Then they were repainted and continued to be employed by the Communist regime army.
Nowadays, it is not very easy to find helmets with their authentic decal on. Soon it will be even harder to find any at all after the Bulgarian army starts to meet the NATO regulations according to which such items are to be destroyed.