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    Default M54 Stahlhelm

    anyone know design/development and service history (if any) for this design?

    when it is said that the M56 had its origins in a late-war wehrmacht prototype, is this the design that is referred to?

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    anyone?

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    The one marked MD-54?

    http://nva.bizhat.com/nvahelme.htm
    Last edited by galbaldy; 11-21-2007 at 08:36 AM.

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    yes, that's the one.

    never seen one 'in the flesh', or offered for sale for that matter.

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    Also, this article here seems to mention its history:

    http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=60239

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    Default EG Helmet origins

    Hi:

    I think that you are referring to the German late war "Thale" model. Ludwig Baer's " History of the German Stell Helmet 1916-1945" covers this model to some extent.

    I hope that you find this useful,

    Dave Day

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    The M54 and M56 are 2 distinctly different helmets....
    the M56 lineage can be traced back to the M45 late war Nazi helmet that didn't meet the fuhrer's approval...

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    M54 helmets appear on ebay.de every few weeks...
    be prepared to hand over a big chunk of cash

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