i know paul im a stupid boy
very nice indeed robin ,thank you so much for sharing your iraqi tankie with us good that its complete with the throat phones ,is the mic attachment present ? great stuff
sorry i should of also asked if there is any former soviet ink stampings inside of the rear apron area ,it might well give a date of issue ,cheers james
this is my only iraqi tank helmet robin ,the chinese t69/or 79 im not exactly sure if this is its correct designation ,there is arabic text in the ear cups and the mic connection shows some field repairs
Hi James, Mic attachment is still there and writing is still visible under the rear skirt.It is too dark to photo now but seems to be (size) 57-58, then underneath in smaller letters 147 4982 HC7 (could be a Z instead of 7) -72 (possibly year of manufacture).
thanks robin ,it sounds very much like 72 ,i have a similar dated soviet tankie in the winter pattern ,i find them very addictive to collect and there are so many subtle differances in the design
that serial number sounds familiar im sure ive seen this on bulgarian tank helmets if not soviet then most definately an soviet derived eastern block version exported to iraq ,iraqs procurement of military gear was so varied and quite an interesting study i think a lot of gear was from the warsaw pact countries ,if the the helmet is soviet there should be a poct size stamp somewhere too