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SA M17 Stahlhelm

Article about: My purchase from a Finnish Militaria Exhibition. This one has definetly seen use. Front liner pad has been changed war era or before. The chinstrap has been fixed once. It has a couple of sm

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    Hmm, it very well could be. I thought that the first letter was either F or P.

    Chris:
    In this context SA stands for Suomen Armeija (Finnish Army), not Sturmabteilung.

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    I see thanks for the info.
    chris

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    Further research has revealed markings on one of the brown pads: INT 28.

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    Very nice so dates the liner to 1928 so must have been relined by the Finnish at that time

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    Exactly Krad. Im not sure about the last number, but the first is 2 and the next is likely 8. As you can see, the front pad has been changed sometime before or during the war, so this helmet definetly has seen use (mind the repaired chinstrap too).

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    I scanned this for you. You may already know this, but I thought that it was a nice reference photo and comes useful. It's from the Journal of Military History, nro 15 (1996). The article about the helmets has also been published separately.
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    Very nice acquisition ! And many new things to learn and discover about this fine historical helmet. Cheers!
    Dean

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    Quote by cricketchris1944 View Post
    I see thanks for the info.
    chris
    Don't feel bad, it confused me too. lol

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    Thanks alot guys! Aleksander that indeed is a good photo to study! I have a book about Finnish helmets from 1918-1990 and it has that exact same page

    Here's a side view in bright daylight and a close up of the iron cross!
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    It's a nice book, but sadly it isn't more indepht about the painting and further modifications that Finns did to these helmets. Very nice helmet indeed! I've gotten a fever of getting myself one...someday .

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