Well since I am Helmets of War I thought it would be nice to include a few non-Germanic nations for a change. Here is one such find a WW2 M1940 Portuguese army helmet with full liner and original chinstrap still in tact.
What did the Portuguese army do in WW2? I have no idea but I'm sure someone out there does and would love to add this to their WW2 collection.
I love the look of this helmet as you literally look like a frog when you put it on. I'm a German size 66/59 and this thing fits me perfectly.
I call it the Kermit the Frog helmet. Only $150 will hop it right over to your side of the pond.
This is an original WWII Portuguese model 40 helmet!! Very nice piece, has a super nice original leather liner too!! Until the early 1940s, the standard combat helmet of the Portuguese Army was the Brodie helmet, adopted during World War I, two versions of which were in use, referred in Portuguese service as the M1916 and the M1917.
In the late 1930s, it was decided to replace the M1916 and M1917 by a new modern helmet. Several foreign helmets were tested and finally a Portuguese design was adopted in 1940, being designated M1940. The M1940 was allegedly inspired in the design of helmets used by the Portuguese soldiers of the 15th century. It was made of steel and manufactured by the Fábrica de Braço de Prata (military factory of Braço de Prata) in Lisbon.
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GERMAN HELMET FACTORY PRODUCTION CODES
(Every original German helmet produced from 1935 to 45 had two factory stampings punched into the side and rear or both in the rear. The alpha numeric number refers to the factory location and the inside metric circumference in centimeters. The rear lot number refers to the production run and was used as a quality control measure. The font styles used at each factory were slightly different but highly consistent throughout the war and so fakes or reproductions will either not have these numbers at all or they will use the wrong font style or letter spacing and so are easily identified as post war made.)
(FS or EF)-Emaillierwerke AG, Fulda, Germany
(ET or ckl)-Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale, Germany
(Q)-Quist, Esslingen, Germany
(NS)-Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte, Germany
(SE or hkp)-Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke, Lauter, Germany