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Tap 56

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

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    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 a delicate way but i can live with that ,reproduction replacements are readily available but my own thoughts are they have no place over originality no matter what the condition hence the reason it took me so long ,just to give some form to the 3 point strap ive carefully stitched a length of thread where the missing webbing section should be ,the liner is dated bang on the nail at 1956 and has number 9 engraved in the side ? ,the battered and bruised shell shows a carpentier cusset maker mark paint remnant i can only speculate this too will be 1956 dated Click image for larger version. 

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    the M56 TAP helmets seem kind of scarce? I see plenty of the standard ground troops Mle 51 helmets, but hardly ever see the M56 TAP airborne versions for sale.

    I found mine by luck, the seller sold it as a surplus Belgian helmet and had poor photos that didnt show it was the M56 TAP unless you looked very carefully at the poor auction photos to see it had para 3 point straps.

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    Thanks BG ,yes your right ,most if not all have a repo chinstrap which was the reason it took my so long to find a rather worn out original ,the repo's are not really my cup of tea you had a lucky score there on finding your example ,good to hear from you

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    Cool find James!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Fake!
    More rubbish that ya collect
    Regards
    René

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    Nice original helmet!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Thanks Paul ,Rene' and steve Rene' after your appraisal on this latest junk offering ive decided to sling it in the bin ,collection day tommorow might have to slip the dustman a few quid to take though

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    Well you already know my thoughts mate,top rare bird to snag,concrats James.

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    cheers rudder's

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    Quote by James C View Post
    Thanks Paul ,Rene' and steve Rene' after your appraisal on this latest junk offering ive decided to sling it in the bin ,collection day tommorow might have to slip the dustman a few quid to take though
    Good Move James hehehe
    Regards
    René

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