Hello to all,
I want to share with you my little, but I think interesting, collection of Italian WW2 helmets.
To begin a helmet M33 used by italian infantryman on the Russian front, in fact on the shell can still see the scratches left by the brush used to wash off the white lime used as camouflage for the snow, and also to internal are visible splash of lime.
It is a first production, probably manufactured in the year 1935/36, you can tell from the seams of the headset to parallel lines and the rounded rivets with the two tabs of first type; which they were later replaced because it will eventually wear loosened and the cap became unstable.
These helmets were all repainted in 1940, when Italy entered the war for reasons of camouflage, because the original sage green color (seen below) was too visible.
1°-Italian Army M33
Following a M33 used by the "Reali Carabinieri" in the version gray-green with rare small frieze pre-1938.
The interesting fact is that this helmet was reused by some units of Carabinieri who joined to RSI (Repubblica Sociale Italiana), in fact the logo of frieze "VE=Vittorio Emanuele" (King of Italy), was first abraded nd then covered with black color.
Actually they were used for a few months at the end of 1943, because these units are subsequently integrated into the GNR (Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana).
Otherwise it,s a normal Army M33.
Then I add the other helmets.
Sorry for my bad English!!