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Pickelhaube......what do the stamps mean?

Article about: Just got this pickelhaube and noticed some marks on the inside. It was very hard to see with the naked eye so I used an IR camera. This brought out what looks like "PB27". There is

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    Default Pickelhaube......what do the stamps mean?

    Just got this pickelhaube and noticed some marks on the inside. It was very hard to see with the naked eye so I used an IR camera. This brought out what looks like "PB27". There is also a round stamp that I was able to partially see with a red light and b&w photo. Is this an acceptance stamp? Looks like a date on it but can't make it out. Any info on this helmet would be appreciated. Thanks.!
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    Default Re: Pickelhaube......what do the stamps mean?

    Hey Pablo,
    nice helmet!
    The "B" stands probably for battallion, the "P" for pionier.
    But wait for better info from better informed members.
    cheers
    |<ris
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Default Re: Pickelhaube......what do the stamps mean?

    Pablo, as Kris assumes, the marking "PB27" is for Pioneer Battalion 27..... "2. Rheinisches Pionier-Batl. Nr.27,
    garrisoned at Trier, part of XXI Armee Korps"...the other "roundel" marking will be a maker mark and not an acceptance mark. Your M1915 Pickelhaube is in need of a removable spike, front visor trim, cockades and chinstrap for completion.
    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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