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what kind of helmet are these M16 looking helmets?

Article about: Just found out I had thise one among my M16's but there is one problem ;there is no rivet or a hole where the "91" chin strap should be attached. It also has got two more holes on

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    Just found out I had thise one among my M16's but there is one problem ;there is no rivet or a hole where the "91" chin strap should be attached. It also has got two more holes on the side; compared to a M 16.

    What kind of helmet would thise then be ?

    The nipples for the panzer plate have been closed, but these seems to have been done post war.
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    Hey Stuka f,

    That helmet has me beat, never seen one before, but I'm sure someone will be able to help

    Cheers,

    Grant

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    Hi Stuka,

    It seems to be a German M18 helmet. These did not have chinstrap posts for the M91 strap. The chinstrap was fixed to the metal liner band with D-rings like the M31 liner. Same as the ear cut-out ones.

    The fact that there are more liner holes present, might mean use by either the Finns or the Afghans. The latter fixed a national emblem on one side. I believe this required two holes being drilled in the right side under and to the rear of the vent lug.

    The fact that the vent lugs are closed up baffles me.

    Cheers,
    Emile

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    Thanks emileverbunt.

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    Did somebody try to use automotive body putty to fix the pitting?
    It looks like where the vents go that there is pink putty still in the hole's.

    Its hard to tell from the pic's????????

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    Quote by AZPhil View Post
    Did somebody try to use automotive body putty to fix the pitting?
    It looks like where the vents go that there is pink putty still in the hole's.

    Its hard to tell from the pic's????????
    Yes I did!!
    Using left overs from other restaurations!
    But the two air ventilation lugs on both sides to fixe the "Stirnpanzer" (steelplate) where closed at an earlyer date (brased with copper).
    But thise probleme is to be solved by an Australian guy!! ;-)
    It just changed of owner.

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