Article about: Hello i'm timur from indonesia, in the past 3 months i manage to bought this 2 stahlhelm from the antique dealers in here. The green stahlhelm was from my hometown of Solo and the orange-red
We believe this KNIL helmet of yours, is indeed a Braat made helmet. Do you see a slightly dotted line in the steel on top of the rolled edge? That is what most Braat helmets have. It is quite possible that this helmet is marked with the figure 1 inside on the rear .
Braat helmet is larger. Somewhat in shaped like an oval. No lion plate. Mostly green or brown neck flap. Has a chinstrap with a drop jaw buckle and UNITED CARR rivets.
VB helmets have the lion plate and are somewhat broader. There three VB models: low model, size 1 and low model size 2. High model size 1. Mostly a black neckflap. Have a chinstrap with a sliding buckle.
The Milsco helmets sports no lion plate either. Has a black/gray neckflap.
In my collection I have a helmet (somewhat in between Braat and VB) that has not been determined yet.
Thank you for the information again sir.
I'm sorry sir, but there's no liner left in this helmet. Although all the rivet still exist, and you can see there's some the remains of the liner cotton on the rivet. Oh and the first picture is the helmet before i restored it with oxalic acid.
These rivets are unusual for a Braat helmet. You find them on Milsco's and VB's. The Braat factory used hollow rivets made by United Carr. Possibly the TNI relinered this helmet using rivets that were available to them at the time.
Is that a piece of cloth or leather behind the rivet? Dutch and Milsco liners used a leather ring, not cloth.
Ah thank you sir.
Yes sir that's a cloth, about liner i have a japanese m30/32 model but with different kind of liner. This liner is way much different than the usual japanese liner, i guess the TNI relined it. I can post the image if you want to.
Here you go sir.
You can see on the left side of the helmet there's a writing "TNI AD".
I once saw a navy version of m30/32 complete with the anchor badge although without liner. but the seller already sold it because of misunderstanding.
I also wondering too sir. I once saw that photo too. And appareantly that unit is the special police unit (today is brimob-brigade mobil). Is that a cloth made helmet? I guess there's some differences between army and police equipment during japanese occupation?