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    Collector Topics: Camouflage - M1940 Heer Afrika Korps

This M1940 Army (Heer) helmet was captured by a US veteran in Tunisia in 1943.  The helmet bears a light tan paint finish that has a distinct yellow tone to its overall color.  The helmet is a single decal M1940 bearing textured field gray paint under the tan camouflage.  The tan paint was applied by spray gun and the decal has been completely covered in the process.  The decal can be seen in the photo just under the surface of the paint.  The helmet has a Luftwaffe marked chinstrap which is not uncommon knowing that units serving with the Afrika Korps were typically undersupplied.  As a result, men in these units often made use of any equipment that was available.

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