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Article about: Hello all, Can anyone tell me the difference between the M40 and M43 German WW2 helmets, and are the liners interchangable? The picture is of an M40, (I was told), the liner has a (??) XII 4

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    Hello all,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between the M40 and M43 German WW2 helmets, and are the liners interchangable?
    The picture is of an M40, (I was told), the liner has a (??) XII 43 marking.
    Many thanks for any info.
    Cheers,
    navyman.
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    Quote by navyman View Post
    Hello all,
    Can anyone tell me the difference between the M40 and M43 German WW2 helmets, and are the liners interchangable?
    The picture is of an M40, (I was told), the liner has a (??) XII 43 marking.
    Many thanks for any info.
    Cheers,
    navyman.
    Hi

    There is no M43..The only German helmets using that design are M35 - M40 and M42 .The markings are probably made by the soldier or they could be some kind of division identification.

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    That's an M42 you are showing. The flared edge you see is folded inwards with the M35/40. All German WW2 combat helmets used the M31 liner system.

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    Thank you both for the information. Now I can catalogue it correctly.
    Best regards,
    navyman.

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    Quote by Schwerpunkt View Post
    That's an M42 you are showing. The flared edge you see is folded inwards with the M35/40. All German WW2 combat helmets used the M31 liner system.
    The d rings on an M35 are squared, while the d rings on an m40 and an M42 are rounded. Jim G.

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    Default Re: M40/43 helmets

    The M35 has a grommet vent, a separate piece added to the shell while the
    m40 & m42 air vents are stamped into the shell

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