Truer words were never spoken. I have noticed a substantial decline in the "research department" in all militaria collecting areas over the past few years. We must stop this "gotta have it now" or "I'll never find another" mentality. We should all arm ourselves with knowledge prior to letting go of our hard-earned dollars (or Euros etc...) The satisfaction of making an educated purchase ensures that this hobby remains just that, a hobby, and not a source of heartache when we find out that the latest great find, well...isn't so great.My suggestion to everyone who is new to helmet collecting is that before you buy anymore helmets, pickup some reference books on the subject, educate yourself, look at other known legitimate helmets before you invest your hard earned money on these. In the long run, the money spent will save you thousands of dollars.