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US M1938 Tankers Helmet + Insignia

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    Hi all,
    I've just closed a deal on a M38 tanker helmet, and some insignia, supposedly belonging to the same tanker as the helmet. It's just a helmet, sans radio equipment.

    Here's a picture, if anyone can ID the insignia, I'd be grateful.

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    The package is currently being shipped, and I should have it on my doorstep in a week or two.


    Nitram

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    Very nice helmet. I like these. I feel a strange urge to play football now...

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    The blue and red insignia remind me of Italian collar tabs...

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    We may have a winner here; the seller is in Italy; so it's possible. Did the Italians use M38s post war per chance?

    Nitram

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    I would say Italian too.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Nitram View Post
    We may have a winner here; the seller is in Italy; so it's possible. Did the Italians use M38s post war per chance?

    Nitram
    I don't know for sure, but I do know that the Italian military made use of M1 Carbines and Garands. I don't see why they wouldn't or couldn't of used m38 tanker lids!

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    Not a problem in my mind as Mutual Defence Assistance Programme supplies were sent to Italy post war.

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    I appreciate the info gentlemen. Post-war issue or not, I had to get my hands on one of these, just because of their rather unique design.

    I'll see what I can dig up on their Italian service.

    Nitram

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    It is wartime kit, but possibly supplied to Italy post war.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Italy, as noted above received large amounts of surplus US equipment (not just smallarms)-all the late war US armoured vehicles ended up in service there.

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