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French Tap 56

Article about: Thought I might share a couple of pics of the newest addition to my little family I have been after one of these to compliment the Para/Airborne side of my collection forever.. The French Pa

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    I added this French Tap 56 to my collection some time ago the liner is nicely date stamped to 1954 and the sweat band is stamped to the 1er R.G.
    The helmet body and liner for the most part have welded themselves together so all I can do is speculate on the year of production it would still appear to be sporting its original paint and cork finish so if the information I am reading is correct this would date this particular shell to no later than 1962 these were first thought to be distributed in and around 1959 and well used into the end of the 1970's...
    I have started to research the 1er R.G. online but as of yet the information I have found is conflicting so will need to dig a bit deeper as time permits..


    Regards Mark
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    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Hello Mark

    Very nice one. Not easy to find in such condition

    All the best

    Bruno

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    Thanx Bruno I am very pleased to have it in my collection ..

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Have been busy for some time re-shooting helmets in my collection and editing my posts as new information comes to light so I thought I might give this thread a bit of a bump..

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Mark really nice example you have and a pleasant surprise to see it has a Resinated Fibre liner ,Here is my favorite rather worse for wear Airborne which i have had for some time now ,Recently i brought it outside in good light conditions for a dust off and noticed this marking scratched slightly off center on the front area of the shell ,it was a real bonus to see the Parachute marking considering that i had never noticed beforeFrench Tap 56French Tap 56
    Regards James

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    Great example James a little salty and well worn as I like them..

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Nice one alos

    Mark, I forgot to ask about your 1st RG. Do you have a picture?

    Normally, it would stand for 1st regiment du genis (ingenieers) but this one wasn't TAP

    Bruno

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    Sorry Bruno here you are..

    Regards Mark..
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    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Hello Mark,

    Thanks for the picture

    This is Strange, the stamp looks similar to other oen we could also find in cloth.
    That said the 1st RG wasn't TAP. The 17th was.

    Maybe a soldier who moved from one to another and kept his liner

    Anyway a nice one

    Bruno

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    Thanx Bruno or perhaps a replacement sweat band.....

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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