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M1916/M1917 German Helmet

Article about: Gareth, It has come up a treat ! you will find it both near impossible and very expensive to obtain a genuine liner, there are plenty of repros around, but they will look out of place on a h

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    Gareth, It has come up a treat ! you will find it both near impossible and very expensive to obtain a genuine liner, there are plenty of repros around, but they will look out of place on a helmet such as yours. I would leave it alone, do not try to remove the band, the liner pins will probably break...and you will of lost some important originality, if you have to put pads in, leave the band as is, and simply push the leather of the pads down between the band and the helmet shell, using a thin bladed screwdriver, they will stay put, held on by tension/pressure of the band, originally the pads were crimped to the band. All helmets were mm (maker mark) and had a heat lot code in the inside dome. The mm is forward of the M91 chinstrap lug towards the front and will usually consist of 2 letters i.e. "ET" identifying the maker and 2 numbers indicating size, thes will be either 62 or 64 on your helmet. Rust may obscure these markings, lightly rub the area with a wet cloth, and see if anything appears. If you wish to source pads for display purposes, they will need to be "White" M17 type, see here...Military Reproductions ..........Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Youve done a great job with the removal of that awful black paint, the problem with removing the band is threefold, 1. the liner pins could be fragile, bending them back out could snap them, 2. to find original leather pads would prove difficult if not nearly impossible and also costly, 3. the leather pads have to be stitched to the band very tightly ,if youve not done this before again difficult plus you need to orientate them to the correct distance and location on the band, with regards to the chin strap ,you can pick these up for reasonable prices. I would be tempted to leave as is, and just use the rennaisance wax

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    Well Steve you're right there is something there 62 I think, can't be sure though. Thanks for the advice. Also thanks Davejb. Good advice both. Regards Gareth

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