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Thread: M.35 Luftwaffe "tropical" camo

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    Probably Sicily. Estate find out of Longview, Washington, so the story goes. It shows that it was subject to a good bit of long term moisture and Longview, Washington is pretty wet. It would be hard to fake this type of wear. Liner band and leather show traces of the camo overpaint.
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    Decals under the paint. LIFE color pics of DAK helmet capture pile in Tunisia. Luftwaffe helmet painting.

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    Nice lid,like the period photo never seen it before,sure iv'e got one from that photo?

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    I like it myself.
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    Thank you. The "in hand" comparison with other camos I have which are unquestionably 100% original is quite favorable. The wear patterns are the same. Camos are heavily faked. "DAK" camos have been faked since the 50s. What is hard to fake is the wear of several years of field use and 60+ years of aging. The liner hasn't been out of it and is original (1939 date), which is consistent with the shell. The liner band has the same camo paint on it, as does the leather. The inside rim was brush painted, as was the shell, and you can see the brush marks in the paint, which is also crazed and aged.

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    nice lid i like the tropical ones, but usually they're too expensive and as you said heavily faked.

    nice find

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    Hambone nice lid, you do not see to many genuine DAK helmets. GR
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    Tks George. Could very well be Sicily/Italy too, but many of those Luftwaffe troops did arrive in Italy fleeing North Africa. The pink / orange type tans are more associated with Afrika and Italy than other browns and tans which could be So.Russia, So.France, even Normandy. Just my opinions and observations.

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    Thats an awesome lid Hambone, just freaking awesome. Great pics too.

    Whos painting those other helmets and why? They do not look german.
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    Hambone,
    Great helmet. I showed the pictures to my good friend Gerhard Hennes whom was a signal corps officer in the DAK. He is 91 and still sharp. He remembered large piles of helmets and equipment in and around Tunisia where he too was captured.
    Mike

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