Insignia on helmet - which formation?

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by alberk, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

    20200802_180218.jpg Hello, I just inherited this helmet - does anyone know what this formation sign is? 20200802_180256.jpg
    If I am not complety mistake I can read 17b above the chin strap. What would this mean? 20200802_180520.jpg
    The liner and the chin strap look like WW2 - correct? 20200802_180616.jpg
    Does the colour look original?
    Thank you for your help!
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
  3. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

    Many thanks, Owen. Irish meaning the Republic of Ireland?
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Yes
     
  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    At the start of WW2 the Irish army was equipped with a version of the Stahlhelm which gave its men a somewhat Germanic profile. As the war progressed and Northern Ireland began to fill up with Allied soldiery under training and not well versed in drawing distinctions this was probably not too wise a situation and the (re) adoption of a British helmet was a politic approach.
     

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