it all depends if you are buying it as a WW11 or post-war helmet.
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Im usually only interested in wwII period helmets. Was this one issued post-war?
post-war chin strap
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The liner (type of leather), chinstrap bales (trapezoidal instead of rectangular) and chinstrap (cloth instead of gray/green leather) are all post-war. I can't judge the vents from the angle of the photos... but I assume the entire helmet is post-war.
i agree with the other guys , cavas chinstrap is a post war feature i believe this to be a post war version of the m33 period ww2 m33's usually have a letter P and number stamped in the rear lip of the shell ,you could always enquire this to find out if it is refurbed ww2 shell
Thank you all, its all I need to know.
Is it possable this is a bulgarian M51/72 they are often mixed up with the italian M33. the lining looks exactly the same as ones I'v seen .
http://https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&v ed=0CE0QFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fbrendonshelmets.weeb ly.com%2Fbulgaria-m5172.html&ei=WEtsUZbtCYyUiQeO4YCYBQ&usg=AFQjCNGPG ThEzOuVpYGE_pzmPiwrv563WQ&bvm=bv.45175338,d.aGcI think this may be a bulgarian M51/72 Helmet the liner look exactly the same as others I seen they also get mixed up with the ww2 italian M33 type helmets that they were copied after. Just a guess is all .
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