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Various German helmet covers as from 1892:

First model helmet cover with attached spike and leather spike lining, brass hooks, no numbers, very pale sandy rush coloured material

Wartime model, 1914/15, a slightly taller, non removable spike, the peak has squared corners, possibly for a Bavarian nco, green wartime numbers -23- re-attached, iron hooks, side-slits for chinstrap.

2 helmet covers from estate of same wearer - older light sandy colour with dark red numerals -151- inner red band for reversal for wear on manoeuvres if required, brass attachment hooks, one of which is missing. Further cover in mixed colours more of a fieldgrey with bright red numerals -151- Inside is a red manoeuvre band, DRP patent flaps to front and rear, typical of later officers covers. Definitely early WW1 period for so-called Ausmarschuniform 1914. Further pictures show the manoeuvre bands inside. J.R. 151 was part of the 37. Div., and was based in Sensburg, II. Btl., in Bischofsburg in East Prussia, and took part in the Battle of Tannenberg in Autumn 1914 remaining on the Eastern Front till December 1917, when it was transferred to the Western Front, taking part in the battles in the Champagne region in Spring of 1917, later involved in the fighting in the Verdun area in August and September 1918.

Helmet cover after September 1915, with separate spike, now missing, for Infanterie-Regt. 116, green numerals original machine-stiched, mixed greygreen fabric with leather-reinforced side slits.

J.R. 116 was involved in the heavy battles at Verdun in 1916.

Helmet cover 1897-1914 - with red cloth numerals for Grenadier-Regiment 5, as worn at outbreak of war.

In 1892 cloth covers were introduced for manoevre and field wear. As from 22. March 1897 red numbers were introduced for all headdress, excluding Guards regiments, which bore no number. In Spring 1914 numbers were to be changed to green. Since the outbreak of hositilies, orders were sometimes given to remove the numbers in the field, counter-orders stated to re-place the numerals, there was a lot of confusion on this, sometimes the numbers were then painted or stencilled back on.

German = Helmüberzug, (pl.: Helmüberzüge)


Early 1892 cover with old form of spike construction with a leather lining, still without numbers as applied in 1897. The Guards regiments wore no numbers.


A 1915 fieldgrey cover with non-removable long spike and and square peak corners. Numbers have been removed and re-applied at some stage, as per field orders, which were given as order and counter order.


A later example as worn Summer 1914.


Reversable interior with red manoevre band and stamped D.R.P. (Deutsches Reichspatent)


An early example after 1897


Inside (reversable) with red manoevre band, this example is with brass hooks


A model 1897 cover with regiments number 5, possibly Grenadier-Regt.5 or 5. Bayerisches Infanterie-Regt.?


Fieldgrey cover for Infanterie-Regt.116 as per the Sept.1915 regulations, and with removable spike (missing), leather reinforced side slits





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