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C023571 FRENCH WWII COMBAT ENGINEER M26 ADRIAN HELMET.

BACKGROUND: The French were the first to have a general issue, "modern ", steel helmet in WWI and developed the classic "Adrian" style helmet in early 1915 followed by the British army later that year and by the German’s in 1916. By September of 1915 most French front line personnel had received the helmet and by the end of the year over three million had been manufactured and distributed. The next helmet produced by the French was the M26. It differed from the M16 by being pressed out of a single piece of manganese steel and had a different liner making it easier to manufacture.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Shell retains 95% of its original green "over" paint. A separate, standard French Combat Engineer emblem is attached by dual prongs to the front, being a 50mm diameter magnetic steel plate, also painted olive drab, which has an embossed breast plate with a raised "RF" ("Republique Français") cypher and a crested helm above. Original, black liner and chinstrap. Roughly a size 54.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $298.00 (Or Best Offer)

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