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M43 Blurred Edge Helmet Cover
M43 Blurred Edge Helmet Cover


 
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Reproduction Waffen SS Helmet Cover in Blurred Edge pattern camouflage. This M43 appeared in the Summer of 1943 and became more common as the War progressed. Our camouflage is exclusive to us, and is the result of 4 years of work. The custom made fabric is the same tightly woven, fine yarn of the WWII cloth. Our camo patterns and colors came from multiple original samples and we had several, slightly different shades printed to mimic the look of authentic garments.

Our anodized aluminum rocker clips were made directly from an original sample, and are literally identical. (This is one of the key ways to identify authentic covers.) Several WWII covers are on hand for pattern and assembly reference at all times.

We assemble the covers with one or more of the small parts from another shade or pattern camo to more closely replicate the traits of the originals. These covers are assembled here in our shop and all are inspected and test fitted to original helmet shells to insure proper fit. We opted not to have them sewn overseas due to the fact that there are at least a dozen ways to jack up an SS cover to the point it won't fit on anything.

Sizes: Originals came in three sizes, numbered 1-3. We offer only 2 and 3 since size 1 is tiny and the demand is nil.
Size 2: Will fit original shells in sizes 62 or 64. It also works well on the reproduction M42's we sell.
Size 3: Works well on original size 66, 68 and 70 shells. They will likely fit the IMA and Reddick 68 shells (which are larger than originals.)

Note! We cannot guarantee that they will have a number printed on them, nor a certain part of the camo pattern anywhere. We cut them like originals and they land on the pattern where they land.

Assembled in USA
with imported fabric


Originals
Courtesy of LUX Militaria Courtesy of LUX Militaria Waffen SS Camouflage
Uniforms Vol. 1

Pages 360-363
Waffen SS Camouflage
Uniforms Vol. 1

Pages 351-352
SS Camo Fuckery

Apparently the rage du jour among "woke" SS camo fans on social media is that blurred edge covers were never made with camo loops- they insist that such covers are pure fantasy. (This is is probably the same crew who swears K98 slings have two keepers.) Like the keeper conundrum, this is pure ignorance. This is what happens when the vocal subset of self anointed history experts start tossing their "history creds" around, despite having having little (usually zero) experience with actual original uniforms and gear.

Yes, original SS camouflage is one of the most expensive areas in all of military collectibles- I don't expect most people to be able to accumulate a hoard of spinach colored pullovers and helmet covers to study. However, numerous photos of authentic SS camouflage items are readily found online, and there are several excellent reference books available- but they aren't free like Facetard and Pimplest.

Among collectors this is a non-issue; the fact that these covers were made during WWII is well known. Original blurred edge covers are one of the more difficult styles to find today, but they do turn up. Of the ones I've encountered over the years, the mix was about evenly divided between covers with and without loops. Three examples of originals with loops are shown above. I took photos of the relevant pages in Waffen SS Camouflage Uniforms Vol. 1 since consulting, much less purchasing, a book is far too much too complicated for the guardians of history.

For those interested in learning the facts about the SS camouflage made during WWII, and actually seeing lots of originals, Waffen SS Camouflage Uniforms volume 1 by Silvestri is the best book available- the photos are superior to the other works out there and it is the most recent. Almost "everything" is in it. Camouflage Uniforms of the Waffen SS by Mike Beaver is the previous "Bible" for camo collectors and is the second best reference. Both books are currently around $75 each. I know both authors and they each had decades of experience with AUTHENTIC examples of WWII camouflage- as opposed to cutting their teeth by comparing reproductions on Instagram...

Why am I so dismissive? Because this sort of thing is about like flat earthers- it's exasperating. Historical facts that have been known for decades by real historians and collectors are suddenly denied by neophytes who are too lazy (or too cheap) to grab readily available references- much less listen to those with far more experience because "they read otherwise on Facetard."

Nerd Facts: The cover from LUX is especially cool- I nearly bought it. That one is constructed much like a pre-War cover: sewn-in clips (rather than riveted), the spring tops are stitched to the clip covers (which are left open at the top), and the visor is reinforced with hand sewn bartacks. On original covers there are myriad small quirks like these, and it's evident that some contractors persisted with the more laborious hand sewn assembly methods while others switched to more efficient means. Why? No clue. The people who would know are likely all deceased by now.
No- we don't plan to make any like that- all the hand stitching would take far too long and cause carpal tunnel problems.