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"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet

Article about: Hi, mates, here in the forum we have already had many threads regarding the two-piece steel helmet M-58 and M-75 of the ÖBH / Österreichis Bundesheer. Some examples: https://www.warrelics.

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    Hi, mates, here in the forum we have already had many threads regarding the two-piece, (dem "Zweiteiligen"), steel helmet M-58 and M-75 of the ÖBH / ( Österreichisches Bundesheer ) .

    Some examples:
    M-75 Bundesheer United Nations
    Austrian M75
    Austrian (Bundesheer ) M-58


    For the amount of EUR 30,-- (including shipping) I was able to purchase this heavily worn helmet.

    Referring to the book by Olivier C. Dorell:
    "THE
    AUSTRIAN M1
    STEEL HELMET
    "
    my helmet is a steel helmet used in the ÖBH with a "6th pattern" liner.

    The eyelets of the liner and the brass rivet of the liner chin strap were heavily soiled with verdigris, which I was able to clean gently.

    The closure of the chin strap is stamped with the letters OLC, which stands for the manufacturer "Overhoff & Companie, Lüdenscheid".

    Inside the shell of the helmet the following is stamped in yellow colour
    the logo of the company ULBRICHT´S WITWE, SCHWANENSTADT, and next to it: SCH-85


    Here´re some images of the shell:

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    Last edited by Reibert; 03-15-2024 at 08:32 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Reibert;2335920] ...
    Inside the shell of the helmet the following is stamped in Yellow:
    ...

    "Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet

    This stamp stands for the manufacturer and the year of manufacture of the helmet: 1985

    The logo of the company ULBRICHT´S WITWE, SCHWANENSTADT, and next to it: SCH-85
    Last edited by Reibert; 03-15-2024 at 07:55 PM.

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    Here is the stamp of the manufacturer OLC on the closure of the chin strap:

    "Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet

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    Images of the liner (size: 56-58):

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    The liner features a black nylon bootlace drawstring.
    Last edited by Reibert; 03-16-2024 at 08:30 AM.

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    One of the "tongues" (lobes) of the liner are marked with AJ 90:
    AJ 90

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    ...

    The former wearer of the helmet has "immortalized" himself in the leather of the liner with a ballpoint pen...

    Name and rank:
    Kpl (Corporal) Kitzmüller

    Another inscription (barely legible) can be seen in the liner of the helmet:
    ... 457 ???
    Possibly the soldier's dog tag number?

    "Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet

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    On the soldier's unit:


    The wearer of the helmet could have been a member of the 1/14th / 1. Panzerkompanie Panzerbataillon 14 (the 1st Panzer Company of the 14th Panzer Battalion) "HESSEN 14".

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    Here are some nice photos showing the helmet camouflage net and its use.

    Interesting:
    One of the soldiers has the patch of a member of the Grenzschutz / border guard sewn onto the sleeve of his camouflage jacket in the "Erbsentarn" camouflage scheme (aka "Fleckerteppich"), in other words, a fairly early photograph.

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    Quote by Reibert View Post
    ...
    Interesting:
    One of the soldiers has the patch of a member of the Grenzschutz / border guard sewn onto the sleeve of his camouflage jacket in the "Erbsentarn" camouflage scheme (aka "Fleckerteppich"), in other words, a fairly early photograph.
    "Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet

    Btw, my father, born in 1940, was still a member of the Grenzschutz.
    The needle shown here is His.

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    Here is a nice stamp on the topic of ÖBH

    "Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet"Last Ditch" Ausrian Bundesheer "M-75" -Helmet

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