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East German Helmet ID

Article about: Thanks Battlegear for the informaton it is good to know that the helmet and the liner are right and that they were not a marriage of two different helmets. Regards Mark K

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    Gentlemen could someone help me decipher the stamp in this lid wondering if one of them is a date stamp . Im thinking its a original looked at quite a few today searching on the net to compare it to.It was cheap enough so I bought it will make a nice one for helmet and headgear collection .

    Regards Mark K
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    looks like

    I I

    09

    70


    II = size two [medium shell size]

    09 = manufactured in September

    70 = year of maufacture 1970

    you have an non riveted smooth shell the last model , a nice Vietnam War era helmet , these were also used by the North Vietnamese anti aircraft gunners

    does the liner have any ink stamps like NVA and a letter ? this is a code and you can also tell what year the liner was made, if the helmet has a matching year liner it should be stamped with a letter M that stands for 1970 year of manufacture

    1968: K
    - 1969 : Z
    - 1970 : M
    - 1971 : X
    - 1972 : B
    - 1973 : L
    - 1974 : O
    - 1975 : S
    - 1976 : R
    - 1977 : A
    - 1978 : U
    - 1979 : F
    - 1980 : E
    - 1981 : G
    - 1982 : I
    - 1983 : C
    - 1984 : H
    - 1985 : T
    - 1986 : P
    - 1987 : L
    - 1988 : Y
    - 1989 : N
    - 1990 : D

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    I will have a closer look at the liner when I get home from work after I feed the cows thanks appreciate the time you put into researching the helmet battlegear I will let you know.

    Regards Mark K

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    Nice helmet! I have one from 1981.

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    What is the year for those that have the rivets.
    chris

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    Battle gear this Helmet liner is marked on the liner on the reverse side of one of the tonuges NVA m/1 So does this mean it is an North Vietnamese Helmet or are thoes just letter codes to ID the helmet.

    Regards Mark K

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    Quote by kozowy1967 View Post
    Battle gear this Helmet liner is marked on the liner on the reverse side of one of the tonuges NVA m/1 So does this mean it is an North Vietnamese Helmet or are thoes just letter codes to ID the helmet.

    Regards Mark K
    the NVA marking is not for North Vietnamese, The acronym means NVA Nationale Volksarmee [National People's Army] followed by the number of the quarter and year code.

    those are codes to identify the date of manufacture, sounds like you have a matching year of manufacture since it is marked with the letter M that is a 1970 liner

    the 1 is probably the first quarter of the year like January - March 1970

    helmets supplied to the Vietnamese would be the same ones used by the East Germans, no special markings

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    Quote by cricketchris1944 View Post
    What is the year for those that have the rivets.
    chris
    the early shells with rivets were manufactured from 1956 - 1966 but after 1966 they would have relined them with the new style adjustable liners up unitil reunification in 1990

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    My helmet has the markings
    66
    64
    chris

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    very nice helmet mark looks nice
    brilliant information battle gear you clearly know your stuff

    tom

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