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    Default Brown M42

    Hi Guys

    What do you think about this colour ? Is it genuine or post war?
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    Default Re: Brown M42

    Looks bronze to me! .... postwar paint and put together IMO
    ( remember "post war" still means 40 years or more so a finish can really start to look worn )

    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Yes the liner looks like it has been replaced doesnīt it? I am just a beginner in the World of helmets (and militaria), but I donīt recall ever having seen that kind of colour on a M42. Would it happen that the germans at the end of the war just used existing paints to camouflage their helmets or is there no evidence on that?

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    I am not saying this helmet is original in colour but helmets have turned up over here in Jersey Channel Islands that have been chocolate brown, and one was black with a yellow stripe front to back which were 100% original period done helmets. I have no idea why, perhaps for some special unit/task but they were totally genuine. Unfortunately I don't have any photos to show you as at the time I saw them not everyone had a camera in thier pocket.

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    I agree with Jersey on the color, camo can be anything however this one is clearly painted over rust pitting ergo, postwar painted.

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    Hi,this is a heavily pitted re-paint,in my opinion there is nothing to suggest that the brown is period applied. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Unless it came from the factory extensively rust pitted before it was painted, of Course this paint was applied post war...

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Brown camo helmet are very often found.
    But this a put together helmet
    No good.

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    might be just the images or my eyes but i can still see paint under the brown.

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