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The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

Article about: Hardly no information as surfaced about the Bulgarian M51 & M72s helmets. We know its a copy of the Italian M33 helmet & that the shape of the shell will be slightly modified overtim

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    Hello,
    This article piqued my curiosity and I went to examine mine.
    I would like to present an M51/72 for its color, because it has a mark (54) on the hull and a round stamp whose meaning I am completely unaware of...
    I also notice that the first rivets / ventilation holes which are more rounded have 2 tabs and the newer, flatter ones have 4 tabs.
    Thanks to post your helmet, so far I've seen 4 type of air vent/ rivets for the M51, the circular stamping seems like an acceptance one & the cold stamp is a first for me. Never a dull moment with Bulgarian helmets! Once our Bulgarian members take a look maybe they will provide us with answers. Meanwhile I'll dig a bit because that O.T.H. rings a bell.
    Jack

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    Meanwhile here is an older helmet with 4 tabs.
    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

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    Default A few more M51 & M72 helmets photos in action.

    M51s & M72s seems to have been issued to mechanized troops,
    specialized trades (signals, artillery...) NCOs & Officers.

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

    The mysterious M51, M72s Bulgarian helmets. Part 1

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