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    Heer (Army):  Camouflaged Helmet Netting (Unattributed)

This rare camouflage net was acquired on the M1942 single decal German Army (Heer) helmet shown in the photo.  Both items are original to each other.  The helmet and the net have been inspected by several advanced helmet dealers who verify that it is original and of wartime manufacture.  One long-term collector has stated that he has seen this kind of helmet net before, but many, many years ago.  No one has since encountered one like it.  While no photographs of helmet nets like the one shown below exist, the net is of period manufacture and made specifically for the helmet shell.  Metallic hooks are used to clasp the net to the flared rim of the M1942 shell.  The net itself is factory woven using hemp twine that is interlaced with black thread to give the appearance of camouflage.  The net resembles the hexagonal shape of chicken wire.  The helmet liner is dated "1944" and would give the impression that the net is a late-war variant pattern of extreme interest.

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Camouflage

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