Combat Helmets

Updated September 18, 2017


Cold War Era Yugoslavian Paratrooper Helmet


This is a fairly uncommon helmet – made by a Slovenian company in the 1960s and 1970s these fiberglass helmets were the jump helmets for Yugoslavian Army paratroopers. The pattern is known as the PC99, and was used by the 36th Airborne Brigade based in Nis.

These helmets were later used by various units during the Yugoslavian Civil War. It features a painted red star on the front, which dates it to the Yugoslavian period before the breakup of the Balkan nation.

This example shows some wear to the liner and exterior, and it is missing the chincup portion of the chinstrap. There are some minor scuffs and some chipping of the paint in one spot, but otherwise this helmet displays well. It is a nice example of a helmet that is rarely encountered today. It is priced accordingly.

Price: $125 plus shipping

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American Model 1917 Steel Helmet


To say that the American Army wasn’t entirely prepared for World War I is a major understatement, and when the United States military arrived in France it didn’t have its own helmet. Instead the U.S. adopted the British MkI, which was made under contract in the U.S. as the Model 1917.

Here is a nice example, size 7, that is complete with most of its paint intact and with its original liner. Unfortunately the chin strap is broken but all in all this one displays quite well. It is also reasonably priced.

Price: $120 plus shipping

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Irish MkII “Eastern Command” Helmet


During World War II the Irish Republic was officially neutral but still took on a more British appearance with equipment and battledress and most certainly with helmets. This is a World War II era – known to the Irish as “The Emergency” – British MkII steel helmet that was used by the Irish Army. It features the stencil for the Eastern Command, and these remained in use only briefly after the war so there is little doubt that this is an honest WWII era Irish helmet.

The black “band” around the helmet is from another helmet being stored on top of it and could likely be cleaned up. The helmet is missing the chinstrap and the liner is a bit dry. There is some mild surface rust inside but otherwise this is a really nice example of helmet that isn’t encountered all too often. It is reasonably priced.

Price: $150 plus shipping

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French Type 403-M3 Flight Helmet


Based on the U.S.-made H-4 flight helmet by Gentex, the French 403-M3 helmets were made by Gentex subsidiary SOCAPEX in the 1950s/1960s. The 403-M3 was designed directly from the American H-4 flight helmet (shared technology agreement). The shell is made from hardened fiber, and this example is in excellent – likely unissued – condition. It shows some minor storage wear but displays very nicely.

This particular example comes with the original box from the 1960s. The box isn’t in mint condition, but it is a nice thing that very helmet collectors would have in their collection. This helmet with box is reasonably priced.

Price: $75 plus shipping

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