Article about: I've been looking for an unmolested french airborne helmet for many years now so was really pleased to find this salty example ,all original including the chinstrap which i should say is in
Very nice helmet
The shell couldn't be dated 56. Very rare examples may be dated 58 but usualy the production really started in 59. In between they used Standard TTA51 that were modified into TAP version
TAP were less numerous than the rest of the army. This explain why TAP56 are less comon. Also many of these helmets were refurbish to the police later on and painted dark Blue geting them even more difficult to find.
Many thanks Bruno you are the first person to point this out regarding the shell dates i don't suppose there are many experts here on the forum that could of commented so glad you did ,its just a shame the date is illegible
Great collection Bruno and thanks again for your help yes the shell from what is left of the stamp is a Carpentier maker ,judging by the m51 liner with us style yokes you show i imagine these can be open to abuse from fraudulent seller's as it seems an easy modification to make up any m51 into a TAP ,I imagine even more so especially with them being the earliest variety ,are you aware of any bogus /mocked up example's out there ?
I wouldn't question myself too much on TTA 51 and TAP56
curenetly we see more and more "painted" helmets. As if this was bringing additional value to them.
Unfortunatly:fortunatly very few were painted so it is always better to find a standard one
The "Gille" modification would be trickier and I saw many (too) of them recently so I would of course be cautious
Hope this will help
PS: concerning chinstraps, many of the one we see on the market may be genuin but late 70 production. Earliest ones are more dificult to find