nice collection! looks like the Japanese left behind alot of helmets at the end of WWII and the Chinese made good use of them.
wonder if the North Vietnamese used these type of helmets? did the PRC supply the NVA with these also?
I heard the NVA used mostly Eastern European steel helmets
I hope that I have correctly uploaded my pics! If I have not, please advise me and I'll try again.
I am wanting information about the helmet pictured if anyone can be a help. I have spent the better part of the afternoon on the web trying to identify the helmet and I'm just not sure what it may be.
I purchased it at a local flea market this morning from a gentleman who said it was his war souvenir from the Vietnam War.
Thank you for any info and help.
Ted and Bonnie Gentile
The photo of the crest(?) on the notebook paper is a stamp inside along the edge. Also, the leather liner is stamped with the number 66 as well. Is that the size?
your helmet is a Swedish M26
these were made in 3 sizes:
66, 69, 72
66 = size small
I heard these were mostly used by the Swedish Civil defense
the seller lied about it being a souvineer brought back from Vietnam
the Swedish M26 is worth less than $20 and has very low collector value, some people use them to make fake WWII Japanese helmets with nets & covers
Last edited by battle gear; 06-28-2010 at 01:24 AM.
Thank you for the info and your quick reply back to my post.
He had along with the Swedish helmet a GI steel pot he claimed to be his own brought back from Vietnam. I've lost $10 on the purchase of both helmets and 100% respect for him and the story he cooked up.
I have enjoyed this forum though, glad to have found it in my hunt for info on the helmet. Thanks again.
I am not new to collecting(just helmets) and understand "buyer beware" and thought it better to take a chance of $5 than to pass it up.
hi battle gear can you id this for me please it has the same top 4 ventilation holes as the type 90 any idea's
hi kevin chang heres some more pics what do you think it could be?