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ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

Article about: I think I have enough examples now to justify the thread title and have a compliment to Battlegears IDF helmet thread. http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/world-...-1982-a-35436/ Broadly there is

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    Default ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    I think I have enough examples now to justify the thread title and have a compliment to Battlegears IDF helmet thread.
    IDF ISRAELI helmets arab israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    Broadly there is nothing unique here, most helmets used by Arab armies are relatively unchanged versions from either historical colonial links or cold war allegiances.

    I drifted into area of collecting through a couple of bits of luck and opportunity, collectively they make a good thread and I hope it flushes out a few more examples that others post here.

    First up is either Egyptian or Syrian, 1965 dated Polish manufactured Wz50 – I’m posting as I got them, this is not great example, but I promise it gets better.

    Used in their thousands by both armies, but more prevalent in Egypt.

    Although no obvious markings this was bought in an Israeli flea market for next to nothing on a Militaria sparse day.

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982
    Last edited by Tinhat; 11-24-2020 at 10:10 PM.

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    Default M1, Egyptian used.

    I bought this as an IDF used M1 but when I cleaned it, I found the Arabic numerals on the side and inside the shell writing that I had translated as name and Egyptian town. Liner dated 1953

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982



    From what I could find out Egypt used M1s from the early 50s up the late 60s and were seen in the Six Day War


    Egyptian soldiers in the Yemen campaign
    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    Egyptians in the Sinai 1967
    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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    Default Other Egyptian helmets

    1948 war, Egyptian soldiers with British MkII

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    On parade with MkIIIs

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    1953 military parade with early paratroops. The first helmet is the British HSAT

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    This looks similar to the Polish Wz63 para helmet but too early for that, I think is a British HSDR with a chin cup fitted – any correction welcome

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    1956, Egyptian civil guard using a British CPH (Zuckerman) helmet and what looks like a West German M52

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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    Default Polish Wz50 - Egyptian

    Egyptian used Polish Wz50, dated Dec 1972, found in a junk shop in Israel.

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982


    I have not managed to identify the distinctive unit markings however the image below shows helmets similarly marked that took part in the initial canal crossing in 73. Although these images are staged, they were created soon after the success of the crossing.

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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    Default Czech Vz53 - Egyptian

    Czech Vz53 also commonly used by both Syria and Egypt.

    Hand painted with small crescent to the back, a symbol used by the Egyptian army

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    This helmet is the same unit as this example


    Egypt Vz53 Cont. - Brendon's Helmets

    Images from the 73 war

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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    Default British MkII - Jordan

    Jordanian Civil Defence, British MkII, dated 1953

    The crest is the same for the Arab Legion / Jordan Arab Army units but the script on the front identifies the helmet as Civil Defence.

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    This is the army badge

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    This is the Civil Defence badge

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982


    In the early days the Jordanian army was financed, officered and equipped by Britain. In 1956 British officers were dismissed and it changed from the Arab Legion to the Jordan Arab Army, but still used British equipment up until the 70s when they turned to the US.

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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    Default Other Jordanian helmets

    Arab Legionnaires in the 1948 war

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    Jordanian with British MkIII

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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    Default Soviet Ssh40 - Syria

    Unfortunately, there is nothing uniquely identifying this Ssh40 as Syrian – you’ll just have to believe the story – it came from Israel and was found with other helmets and kit on the Golan heights.

    Story aside, from photos I’ve seen Syria appears to have the wider use of the Ssh40, considering there aren’t many photos around.

    Ssh40, I believe late WWII or early post war configuration, it has remnants of a net that has been secured in by removing the liner pads and them trapping the net behind them

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982
    Last edited by Tinhat; 11-24-2020 at 10:14 PM.

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    Default Other Syrian Helmets

    Syrian armoured troops wearing French M45, 1960s

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    This book cover shows Syrian soldiers with M1s in the 1950s

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982
    Last edited by Tinhat; 05-12-2022 at 08:51 PM.

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    Default Palestinian forces

    The Arab Liberation Army, a volunteer army predominantly Palestinian fought in the 1948 war, helmets were British leftovers

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA), trained and equipped by the countries thy were stationed in.
    Syrian PLA, the helmet in the center is a Bulgarian M72

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    More Syrian PLA

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

    Egyptian PLA

    ARAB ARMY helmets Arab Israeli wars, 1967 - 1982

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