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Polish WZ-63 Airborne helmet

Article about: Polish - DDR- NVA -WZ-63 Paratroop Helmet I have been wanting to add a Polish W-63 parachutist helmet to my collection for some time and have been biding my time until I could source an exam

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    Finally got it safe and sound then Mark,looks superb,and worth every penny by the looks of it,the scrim sets it off perfectly,well done Bud,another space among many to find a home for.............
    With Regards Jake.

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    Thanks James and Jake it is without a doubt a nice lid that IMO shows period usage and James it would appear that some one has had to do some hand stitching on this example to keep it together and servicable .
    I need to start putting up some more shelving though as I have been stacking helmets for a while now and I am running out of room.

    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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    Great to hear of the field repairs mark and dont forget if you need a hand with your shelving let me know

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    looks like it's seen some action? or at least some field use and training maneuvers, here are some early photos from NVA Manoever Oktobersturm 1965 of the Wz63 in use.
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    are these soldiers wearing Polish Wz63 helmets? I dont see any air vents on the side?
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    Yes, BG, that is the wz.63. Small numbers were produced without the vents. Otherwise identical to the standard model. Not even the Polish collectors actually know why or when. So far as I know it is the only real variant of this helmet - unless you count the fact that DDR-issued examples didn't have any ink-stamps in the crown (that's a real minor variation!).

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    Thanks Greg, the early Wz63 shells without the vents must be very rare, probably not many in collections.

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    I think we should be careful about assuming that ventless 63's are early production; I have seen enough pics and mentions of them to know that they exist, but nothing to show when or why they were produced without vents. For all I know they could be the *last* production examples, just as much as the first.

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    here's another Wz63 in my collection the shell is dated 1985 and the liner is a size 60

    notice the liner looks a little different on this larger size, it has separate leather fingers and less padding than smaller liners, a size 61 would fit me better, but those are not very common.
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    Now that be one minty helm BG the WZ 63's do seem to be all over the place on price as I have seen some sellers list them for stupid amounts of money and must be considered quite rare by some US sellers .
    Many thanks for adding the image I love the fact that he has some Hessian slammed under his net to tone down the semi gloss paint.

    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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