I stumbled over a rather unusual stamp in an ersatz helmet made of lacquered felt. The helmet is stamped by the 3rd Bavarian infantry regiment. I believe the second part reads "II Ers. (?) Btl." for the 2nd ersatz battailon but I am not shure.
I have already posted this in another forum with several extremely knowledgable fellows and the stamp was unknown there. I just thought maybe someone has come across this and knows the background. Were extra ersatz battailons attached to line regiments or why would a helmet be stamped this way? Maybe I am on the wrong track anyway and it does not mean "Ers" at all - the first letter almost looks like a "K". The helmet does not seem to have seen much use anyway.
The stamps are placed in the liner, most likeley because the insides of the visors are blackened.