Polish - DDR- NVA -WZ-63 Paratroop Helmet
I have been wanting to add a Polish WZ-63 parachutist helmet to my collection for some time and have been biding my time until I could source an example that IMO showed some genuine usage as shown in the example below this particular example was reportedly used by the Polish Airborne forces but this fact is yet to be determined upon its arrival as my understanding is that if they were issued and used by the Polish Military they should be well stamped on the interior and if they were exported and used by the former East German Army (DDR - NVA) they will be devoid of all interior stampings and or markings.
The helmet it self looks to be in nice worn condition showing normal age wear and has a nice patina about it and looks complete with the exception of the padded chin cup which were often discarded by the troops.
These helmets were manufactured in Poland for their army, but they proved very popular with the East German Army and other services and so were exported and were standard issue for the East German Paratroop unit: 40 Fallschirmjaegerbataillon as well.
This unit was the only paratroop unit in the East German Army and numbered about 600 soldiers in total .
There is also period evidence in the form of images that shows that these helmets were also adopted and used by the East German Special Police,Border Police as dispatch riders alike.
These particular helmets as well found them selves being used abroad in the Middle East and were reportedly used by Iraqi forces as well.
Better picturers will be forthcoming upon it's arrival in the post.