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Rare Estonian/ Polish helmet M40 ( Wz39)

Article about: There shown a example of Estonian M 40 helmet (experimental Polish, which was sold to Estonia) Shown example was issued for cleaning a farm's toilette

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    Hello Dimas,

    I am a bit confused about this helmet.

    There is of course a similarity between the Swedish M37, the Finnish M40 and this Estonian M40.

    In the last pic there is the typical Polish strap and in other pics you see the French brackets?!?

    Is this Estonian M40 a Polish experimental and the Swedish M37 (and Finn M40) a derivative? Or the other way round?



    Or was the M37 a separate and independent development?

    I wonder and am confused.

    Cheers,
    Emile

  2. #12
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    Poland bought the painted shells, and placed to that shell French type liner ( the holes they made by themselfs) and rivets was painted over as a different paint recognized. Polish chinstrap was added too, as seen on the previous types of Polish helmets as WZ 31. The Polish approval commision has declined the helmet, as they count that WZ 31 is better than this. And Poland has sold all the bunch of that helmets to Estonia... I think in Poland they known as a prototype M 39 helmet
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

  3. #13

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    Thanks Dimas!

    Could you tell me whom they bought the shells from?

    Cheers,
    Emile

  4. #14
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    I don't know exactly.
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    But for sure the rivets placed on the other location as the "Swedish and Finnish" brothers

    Take a look at one winter camo painted one, used during the battles of 1941-42 year at the Wolchow front by Soviet troops who retreat Estonia
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    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

  6. #16

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    Hi Dimas,

    Would you say the shell is a swedish product?

    Cheers,
    Emile

  7. #17
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    yes for sure, I have one marked 2L
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

  8. #18
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    Sorry, both of my examples is marked 2 L
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

  9. #19
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    Hi Dimas was not even one issued to the Polish army?
    How much do these go for when up for sale?
    Thanks

  10. #20

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    Thanks Dimas!

    Cheers,
    Emile

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