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1960’s German Bundeswehr hard-shell padded panzer beret
Rare item for sale here from Station 109 Vintage & Militarai: a hard-shell wool-covered beret-style Bundeswehr tanker’s helmet.
This particular example dates to the Cold War (January 1963) and evolved from the hard-cork WWII black-berets which were worn by the Panzerkorps. Structurally and, to a certain extent, cosmetically the later versions differ little from their wartime predecessors. Indeed, the leather rim and interior bear a marked similarity, the obvious exception being in the colour of the wool exterior which, as illustrated in the photographs here, was olive drab.
German Bundeswehr hard-shell padded panzer beret
Other features of this unusual military headgear include two olive-drab tone grommets (air vents) on the left side; a black, hard rubber rim; a grey leather sweatband; an olive drab crown liner; and, beneath the liner, an orange rubber material.