Gents, heres my latest buy, after checking out 'Warrelics.com' in the States, via this forum, when a member asked if the site/dealer was good, (thanks yuengling325 !) I took the plunge and bought this M17 helmet, finished in cammo colours, not quite as regulations stated, i.e. it should have had a 'finger width' black line painted on to seperate the individual colours, but as you can see this one just has seperate blocks of colour applied. I have seen many types of period applied cammo, as regs were commonly flouted. When it arrived I duly inspected it, it is marked 'GL66' made by 'Gebruder Gnuchtel, Lauter, Sachsen (Saxony), not a common maker, indeed records up to date, show that this firm only made size 62/64, these records can now be updated !....the helmet is typically marked with a heating lot code on inside crown, 'Bi 590' indicating that the steel used in the manufacture of this helmet was made at the rolling mill at 'Oberschlesien, Bismackhutte'. In my view it is an original M17 not only because the M16 shell is fitted with a metal liner band, (sadly the leather pads have rotted away, there are traces of leather in the band), but it is a late production from 'Gebruder Gnuchtel' as they, in later production, changed their mm from 'G' to 'GL'. It looks like a former owner has affixed a fake decal to it at sometime in its life, these traces will be removed ! By the way Warrelics.com is run by Richard J Williams, who i found to be a good/honest/reliable dealer ! and will use again !