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belgium gendarmerie riot helmet

Article about: i thought best to post this helmet here in the composite section as its made from a moulded plastic ,its a one piece helmet and i believe replaced the earlier two piece m51 m1 clone ,it diff

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    i thought best to post this helmet here in the composite section as its made from a moulded plastic ,its a one piece helmet and i believe replaced the earlier two piece m51 m1 clone ,it differs from the norm by having a raised crown section ,the chinstrap assembly is really well made and there is a strange short section of leather on the lefthand side that seems pointless to its use it has a liner style triangular termination ,the other side has no section present and no rivit fitted either ,this model ive been led to believe is designated the m63 but as this one is dated 1962 im now not so sure Click image for larger version. 

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    Hi James,from what I can see of the badge its a French one not Belgium.

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    spot on harry you have very good eyes it was missing and so i added the closest one i could find which as you say is a french gendarmerie ,i think the belgium version is plastic and not metal ,ill have to keep an eye out for one ,thanks james

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    No it is Belgian all right!
    The extra strap was ment to attache the helmet to theyr belt when not in use and wearing the beret.
    cheers
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
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    |<ris

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    forgot to add the maker stamp Click image for larger version. 

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    With a removable face screen;
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Quote by James C View Post
    forgot to add the maker stamp Click image for larger version. 

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    I was about to ask you!
    Defenetly Belgian!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    many thanks Kris your explanation makes perfect sense and now clears up my question it was a bit of a puzzler at the time ,i did think perhaps a section of strap was missing so thats a relief

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    The goggles were different, for what I recall! But the helmet it self is all right!
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    sorry kris i missed your last post as i was typing ,many thanks for the superb referance pictures ,do you know the helmets correct model designation and also where i might pick up a spare frontal insignia if any available ,regards james

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