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Offline ScottG

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French M51 OTAN Helmet
« on: April 19, 2015, 09:03:56 PM »
  I got this many years ago as a "freebie" from a dealer and just put it away. It has to be one of the clumsiest looking helmets from the post WWII era. I was searching something the other day and stumbled upon these on e-Bay. I  was very surprised by the prices they are going for and in poor condition as well! So, I dug mine out and here it is, its dated 1952 and in beautiful condition inside and out.  Scott.

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Re: French M51 OTAN Helmet
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 09:08:09 PM »
  Side view. Scott.

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Re: French M51 OTAN Helmet
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2015, 09:11:58 PM »
  The liner.  Scott.

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Re: French M51 OTAN Helmet
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 10:21:21 PM »
Not too far removed from its inspiration, the M1. French OTAN sweatbands, chinstraps and related hardware often show up at UK collectors' fairs. In the absence of original US parts make useful spare parts for refurbishing M1s as they are interchangeable and close copies. I've got a minty sweatband which is unmarked. I replaced the French crocodile clips with green-painted US WW2 ones. Fitted in a WW2 liner, only an expert collector would spot the difference!
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