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South African NATO helmet(M51)


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Used during the Border War period the Staldak of the Infantry of the Republic of South Africa (and the National serviceman) it is a licensed copy of the French M51 OTAN, made by C J Fuch Ltd.  It has a few improvements to the chin strap and liner,this example is covered with hessian from an old sandbag then has a W.W.II netting helmet cover was then camo painted and a green South African nylon net applied over the top.

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a comparison with a 1950s French M51

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   A fascinating topic, I have always been interested in the bush wars of South Africa as well as Portugal and Rhodesia. A very nice example you have there Mark!   Scott

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