Show Off Your WW2 Helmet Nets
Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:56 AM
Posted 25 May 2015 - 07:41 AM
Here you go.
I have two with nets.
First up run of the mill FS FB with German mine flag in netting.
Posted 25 May 2015 - 07:42 AM
Next up FS FB with Inland Airborne liner.
Unfortunately likely the soldier cut the A yokes.
Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:06 AM
I only have two netted pieces in my collection...both of which are small hole British nets.
Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:12 PM
Posted 26 May 2015 - 10:23 AM
The other helmet is a First Infantry Division FS FB with a matching liner. The netting is British made (correct me if I am wrong). Both are two of my favorite helmets in my collection
Posted 26 May 2015 - 05:46 PM
This is my FS FB helmet. The net is original to the helmet. Straight from an estate. Wish I knew more about it. Were the same types of nets used in the ETO and the PTO? Ive always been curious about that
Edited by cblackw1, 26 May 2015 - 05:49 PM.
Posted 27 May 2015 - 03:05 AM
Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:32 AM
This question might seem a bit obvious, but how do you tell if a net is ww2, especially the large squared knotted nets, surely this would be pretty easy to age and fake.
I don't believe the small mesh nets were made post WWII, and no one is currently faking them.
As for the larger half inch nets, I have had repros from Jmurray, At The Front and Top Pots, and you can tell pretty easy that they are modern made repros next to an original. On those repros I handled, the weave is loose, they were softer, there was small loose fibers all over it (Similar to reproduction steel pot chinstraps). When you drop it on over a helmet it doesn't make a sound. However when I drop one of my originals over top a helmet it does make a slight sound (I'd assume from the knots) due to the age and chemicals the nets were treated with, which obviously they are not treated with today, so period original nets are more stiff than new repros, also they just look so much better. Any helmet nerd like me would tell you once you get a few originals on the lids on the shelf a reproduction net just doesn't look good.
Hope that helps.
Posted 25 September 2018 - 06:41 AM
Posted 25 September 2018 - 08:28 AM
I just picked up a pair of those M-1943s to go with one of my helmets
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