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Is the m45 german helmet a myth?

Article about: Brian Ice ihas done the most research on the ellusive M45 helmet. Bob Hritz

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    Default Is the m45 german helmet a myth?

    Iv often heard of the very late war m45, but never seen one in the metal.I believe if its genuine the only difference is it dosnt have air vents ,and i suppose the reason being th ey needed helmets so quick in 45 that to reduce production time they done without the stamped air vents.IS IT A FACT THEY WHERE PRODUCED, AND HAS ANY OF THE GUYS ON THE FORUM EVER OWNED OR HELD ONE?IF IT EXISTS, AND IS RARE DOES THAT MEAN THAT THEY WOULD FETCH PREMIUM PRICES?LV

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    The m45, as far as i know, is a ventless m42. i haven't got further details, but have a look here http://warrelics.eu/forum/steel-helm...45-helmets-67/ and here German M45 Helmet

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    It is an original helmet, as confirmed by this picture but whether its the result of a mistake in the manufacturing process or just to speed up production we will probably never know. But its real

    Thanks

    Danny
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    I recently found thise one ; no holes for air vents or rivets.
    Any idea what it may be??
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Stuka , That is a post war west german helmet

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    Brian Ice is probably the foremost expert on the ventless M42 or the M45, however you want to call it. He has many examples of this helmet and done without question the most research. He has threads on other fora that get into some detail.

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    Quote by theduke635 View Post
    Stuka , That is a post war west german helmet
    Ok, fine thanks!
    Did they (BRD)also had other types of helmets?
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Doug nailed it: Brian is the foremost authority on M45 helmets....that is his main line of research and interest!
    Rob

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    Juergen
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    This looks like an Border Police Helmet-BGS-In the german west(post war Army we had the US MI and then an similar Steel helmet(Crap) with Leather Liner without removal;ble Plastic Liner until new Kewlar Helmets came-I guess 1980?
    The Paras had a Similar helmet but with screwed in Liner(like old one)same Chinstrap
    best Regards Jurgen

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    Juergen
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    guess its BGS west german Border Police-but shall be green and the Liner is screwed throught the Top!
    best Jurgen

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