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BW Para Helmet for opinions please

Article about: Good afternoon gents, I'm not a helmet collector per se but this "side ward" of my collection has recently taken a bit of a turn up in activity. I have just received this BW para l

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    your very welcome mark and glad to be of help the only downside even though the items are economical on the pocket is the postage from germany

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    So just for the clarification what is this Helmet actually called or simply known as 1A1 LL OR M71?,The Brendons Helmet site list West German M71 paratrooper Helmet............
    With Regards Jake.

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    Hi Jake, its a model 1A1 LL (Luft Lande/airborne).....M71 is a collector term which in my book is wrong, more for the Belgian version !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
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    Good morning gents,

    Not much to say about this one but I just couldn't resist it. It has great patina, it is in great shape, it's a large size (unusual in itself) and has a good date on the shell. I thought it is always good to show multiple examples so here it is;

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    I just need to decide whether to "re-home" the other one

    Regards

    Mark
    PS Can anyone explain the numbers infront of the owners name, are they just (part of) his service number or is there a sub-unit element here?
    Last edited by Watchdog; 06-09-2016 at 11:48 AM. Reason: error
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    Great example Mark i can see why your pleased with it ,what are your thoughts on the penned writing ,owners name or a location ?

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    Hi !

    Pretty nice, and, collectible, pot !

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    BTW, the "1A1 LL" became officially "retired" in 1998 !

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    Quote by Watchdog View Post
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    ... PS Can anyone explain the numbers infront of the owners name, are they just (part of) his service number or is there a sub-unit element here?
    2./252 probably means:
    2. Kompanie, Fallschirmjägerbataillon 252

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    Quote by James C View Post
    Great example Mark i can see why your pleased with it ,what are your thoughts on the penned writing ,owners name or a location ?
    Thanks James, I know that Heidenreich is a German surname and as far as I am aware there is no place with the name so I believe it to be the owner. The name Roth written on the liner I expect is another but if that was during service one would expect the name Heidenreich to have been expunged.

    @ Reibert, yes I was thinking the same given the German practice of expressing unit designations in exactly that way. I was curious because the usual British practice is to mark kit with the last 4 digits of the service number (in my case it was 0737) and the surname.

    Regards

    Mark
    PS I forgot the pic of the liner date which if I remember (I'm not at home right now) is Sept 1968.
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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