Product Description: This 2nd Pattern Heer Pith Helmet is an incredible, near mint condition example. It’s a gorgeous piece, that would be extremely difficult to upgrade. There are no signs of wear. The exterior is made from a fine olive felt, which is in perfect condition, with no sign of damage; the helmet still retains its original shape. The aluminum shield emblems depict a German Army eagle on one side, and the national tricolor on the other. These emblems are mint, with full original finish, and show no signs of ever having been removed. All of the original olive colored leather edging around the brim is intact with only a couple of areas of bumping. The chinstrap is complete and pristine. Inside, this pith helmet retains full original color and all of the original liner system. The leather sweatband shows no wear and is nicely maker marked “JHS.” This 2nd Pattern Heer Pith Helmet is loaded with eye appeal, and displays exceptionally well.
Historical Description: The pith helmet is one of the most iconic aspects of the tropical uniform worn by German personnel in WWII. Besides being worn by Rommel’s Afrikakorps, pith helmets were also worn in all; areas on the Southern Front where tropical uniforms were issued, including Italy and the Mediterranean, and southern Russia. Pith helmets were part of the uniform issued by the German Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS. The chief visible difference among the pith helmets used by these various organizations, were the metal badges affixed to each side. These were made in the style of the branch decals used on the steel helmet. Early pith helmets were made with a twill fabric outer covering. Later, second pattern examples were covered with felt. As German troops withdrew from Afrika, many pith helmets sat unissued in warehouses, where they were recovered by Allied forces at the end of the war; at one time, later pattern examples were relatively common. With the passage of time, complete original examples, especially in nice condition, have become much harder to find.
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