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Article about: Is it normal for a tropical helmet to have an insignia in the front? An eagle, a skull, etc..., i mean beside the two shields. Thanks Cheers. Nuno

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    Is it normal for a tropical helmet to have an insignia in the front?
    An eagle, a skull, etc..., i mean beside the two shields.
    Thanks
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    If they have side shields, they should not have an emblem on the front, IMO. Km officers and also less commonly Heer and Luftwaffe officers might have the appropriate eagle on the front, though any original tropenhelms with this feature are uncommon.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by Bond View Post
    If they have side shields, they should not have an emblem on the front, IMO. Km officers and also less commonly Heer and Luftwaffe officers might have the appropriate eagle on the front, though any original tropenhelms with this feature are uncommon.
    Thank you Jerry.
    Take a look at this one.
    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/cloth-...enhelm-116556/

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    The helmet looks good!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    The helmet looks good!
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    It is, i just dont like the skull in the front.

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    Well Nuno, that link tells us very little about the type of skull used, however there have been some examples found that have three insignias attached and its thought that there have been two reasons for that, 1. a field applied badge.2. a GI or servicemans addition post war, you have to think of the context in the way they are applied ie heer insignia with either SS , kreigsmarine or luftwaffe insignias on the front doesnt make much sense, nor does a silver coloured skull being placed on a troppenhelm during combat, its a snipers target, there may be some that have insignias relating to each other, but mixing branches makes no sense

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    Quote by davejb View Post
    Well Nuno, that link tells us very little about the type of skull used, however there have been some examples found that have three insignias attached and its thought that there have been two reasons for that, 1. a field applied badge.2. a GI or servicemans addition post war, you have to think of the context in the way they are applied ie heer insignia with either SS , kreigsmarine or luftwaffe insignias on the front doesnt make much sense, nor does a silver coloured skull being placed on a troppenhelm during combat, its a snipers target, there may be some that have insignias relating to each other, but mixing branches makes no sense
    I agree that the examples of these you see with the extra insignia were probably Vet done at the time, though pictures exist of Italians with extra badges attached to their sun helmets. A few examples exist of Germans adding extra badges to their caps, but never seen it done with a tropenhelm.

    One thing about tropenhelms is that they were not supposed to be worn in the front line, and the Germans mostly stuck to this, though you do see gun crews wearing them, whilst the Italians used them in combat conditions with Infantry and gunners wearing them.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Here are the photos.
    My friend got a few days ago and would like to have some opinions about it.
    Thanks
    Cheers.
    Nuno
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    The tropenhelm looks pretty salty, but the skull looks mint and might be a fake, though hard to tell for certain from these pics. Almost certainly recently put together, IMO. He needs to post better pics of all the insignia and where the pins come through into the inside.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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