Finally got my rare French Adrian helmet in
Article about: Got this today after waiting almost 2 weeks and wow what a nice helmet and its also named , from what some of you guys told me its consider a experimental helmet as some collectors call it a
I would agree that it is a Mexican copy of the Mle-26. They seem to be quite scare, and to be found with liners almost never (reportedly most of the liners for these helmets were burnt during an anthrax scare.) Here is mine, with an infantry badge. See Casques du Combat vol.3 pp.253-4 for more information.
I agree with Seb, there is no such thing as a Mle-22. The term is often used for export helmets from the 1920s, they are like the Mle-15 but have a one piece body. They are made of magnetic steel, have a crimped rim and a slot instead of holes for ventillation. Jugoslavia bopught a large quantity, many were subsequently captured by Bulgaria and refurbished and reissued to the Chemical and Air defence organisation.
The transitional French helmet is the Mle-23. Real Mle-23s are very hard to find, and indeed my own example is not terrific. it is made of manganese steel, has a separate rim (of magnetic steel) and the small ventilation holes found in the Mle-26. The liner, however is attached the old way with staples, not the sprung suport (lamelles de support du coiffe). Note the crest is riveted to the body, which is a quick way to distinguish it from Italian Adrian helmets.
This has turned into quite an educational thread, thank you for the additional information!
I learned something new today, and welcome to the Forum!
Thank you RVLucy for this usefull additional informations.
Sorry I ment m23 but thanks for the info roger, the badge on front has been there for awhile but doesn't go with helmet now that I know it's a Mexican helmet, only info I got was from a old thread which I post below which sorta makes since
The M23: Two piece non-magnetic steel Construction, like the M26. Four to six tongued leather liner, like the M26. Attached to the shell by the rivetless soldering, like the M15 of four spring brackets like those of the M26. Some M23's can be found vented by both slotted and perforated domes.
Most of these "experimental" M23's went to Yugoslavia only to be captured by Bulgaria and reissued to their soldiers. A small amount went to Mexico