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West German M/71 Paratrooper helmet

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    Default West German M/71 Paratrooper helmet

    Here's the latest addition to my collection of Para helmets. Inner liner and straps are in very good condition. I assume that this one is Bundeswehr issue as well as being German made. The code to the shell is... 8415-12-127-1077...SH57-61 6/89. I think the last numbers may well be the production date, but I'm not sure. there is also a name to the liner, which may be... D Vollode...
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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    Here's the latest addition to my collection of Para helmets. Inner liner and straps are in very good condition. I assume that this one is Bundeswehr issue as well as being German made. The code to the shell is... 8415-12-127-1077...SH57-61 6/89. I think the last numbers may well be the production date, but I'm not sure. there is also a name to the liner, which may be... D Vollode...
    Hi Mate.

    In my humble opinion,this is a really nice, M1A1 LL, the LL stands for, Luftlandtruppe (air land troops airborne)

    Really nice German para helmet, and a quality piece of kit too!!

    I think the 57 is the shell size,and the 61 is the year of manafacture.

    These type of lids were also used by the Belgians too,but with a Belgian chinstrap.

    Thanks for showing this one, great collectable in my books

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    the markings inside mine are

    8415 - 12 - 127 - 0508

    H.R. 2/78


    the liner is a size 60

    I think it was made in FEB 1978

    these are nice quality steel helmets
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    nice helmets guys

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    Quote by battle gear View Post
    the markings inside mine are

    8415 - 12 - 127 - 0508

    H.R. 2/78


    the liner is a size 60

    I think it was made in FEB 1978

    these are nice quality steel helmets
    Mein Gott! It looks unissued!

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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    Mein Gott! It looks unissued!
    it has a soldiers name written inside "J HUNDT"

    also RUTA or HUTA?

    the shell has a few scuffs and appears to have been used on a few jumps

    I think you should add a clip on West German helmet net like mine, they usually had some type of camo cover or net.

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    here is my West German M71 para helmet with a US Mitchell camo cover brown side out attached with a net over it and a piece of inner tube used as a helmet band.

    the cover flaps are tucked inside and the cover is placed over the shell with the clips holding it on.
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    I don't think one should call this helmet a M71, since they were in use already in the sixties.

    As Gaz says M1A1LL is the correct nomenclature.

    As far as I know they used bij Gernany, Belgium and Dutch Special Forces.

    Is there any knowledge in this forum about additional users?

    Cheers,
    Emile

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    No additional knowledge on the users but on the markings: the 6/89 is definitely the manufacture date while the 57-61 shows the size range of the helmet. I think these LL helmets have fixed sizes so this should be the size range of the shell. The usual german steel helmets have adjustable liners and 57-61 (cm) is the most common. The long number is - as you might know - the article number. The 12 in it being the code for Germany, i.e. German manufacture.

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