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I would like to present helmets used by Czechoslovak soldiers and Civil Defence members since WWI till present. The period photos illustrates not only helmet types used by Czechs and Slovaks during almost 100 years but also concentrated view to Czechoslovak history. I hope that these photos would be interesting for helmet fans.

INFANTRY HELMETS

French M15 helmet

Czechoslovak legion marching at France. WWI period.
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Note the different color of Czechoslovak badges on M15 helmets.
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Czechoslovak legion member cpt. Kadlec at Russia, 1919.
Note the "flower" made from red/white ribbon used instead of badge.
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Czechoslovak French legionner’s platoon in front of military HQ at Prague. Post WWI period.
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Italian M15-16 helmet

Registration of Czechoslovak volunteers by 7.th army, Italy, WWI period.
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Russian M16 helmet

Czechoslovak Legions at Siberia - flag of assault battalion.
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Czechoslovak vz. 20 helmet with removed comb

M17 style helmet of Autro-Hungarian origin was used for short time in early  post ww1 period. Production of vz.20 helmet model started in 1919. Combs from vz.20s were removed in 1934 and the denomination vz.20 was continuously used.
Czechoslovak cannoneers on military nanoeuvres. 30’s

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Czechoslovak soldiers - members of army frontier battalion from city Cheb. 1938
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Czechoslovak vz. 20 (M20) helmet

Helmet like "Austrian helmet" model with additional decorative comb. Tank attack with infantry support. Two soldiers at the right are MG team with light MG Madsen vz.1923. The tanks at background are Renaults M18.
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Czechoslovak cannoneers on military nanoeuvres. vz. 20 (M20) helmets were used by artillery till year 1938.
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Czechoslovak soldiers on military nanoeuvres. 20’s-30’s
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Czechoslovak soldiers, "The old steam" (band of old hands). 1927
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Czechoslovak vz. 28 (M28) helmet

Members of National Guard with vz. 28 (M28) helmets. End of 30’s.
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Funeral process of the 1-st. Czechoslovak president - T.G.Masaryk. Prague, 1937.
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Czechoslovak vz. 29 (M29) helmet

Czechoslovak artillery soldiers wearing vz. 29 (M29) helmets and the soldier at the right has vz. 28 (M28) helmet. Early 30’s.
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Spanish M26 (con ala) helmet

Czechoslovak volunteers - republican soldiers, during Spanish civil war. The man at right is wearing probably French M15 helmet.
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Czechoslovak civil defence/ Luftschutz style vz. 29 (M29) helmet and "firemen helmet"

Czech resistance fighter with vz. 29 (M29) helmet looking into barrel of his Stengun. Prague,May 1945.
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Czechoclovak firemen during funeral ceremony with "firemen helmet" model.
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Czechoslovak vz. 30 (M30) helmet

Spanish republican despatch rider wearing Czechoslovak M30 helmet. The men at background are wearing Spanish M26 and French M15 helmet. Spanish civil war period.
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Czechoslovak vz. 32 (M32) helmet

Infantry on military nanoeuvres. Note the training color bands on their helmets. 30’s.
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Czech Governmental Army (Vladni Vojsko). President’s guard. Note the emblems with Czech lion on helmets. Occupied Bohemia and Moravia, 1939-1945
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Slovak soldiers ( members of Slovak Fast Division) with MG at eastern front.
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Soldiers with vz. 32 (M32) helmets - heavy MG team. Postwar period - late 40’s.
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French M26 helmet

Parade of Czechoslovak troops. Great Britain, Cholmondeley camp, 1940.
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Czech resistance fighter wearing M26 helmet. Prague, May.
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British Mk II. helmet

Training of Czechoslovak soldiers. Great Britain.
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Member of 11. Eastern Czechoslovak Battalion. Tobruk, October 1941
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Anti tank gun crew during training at Buzuluk. Note the white paint of British Mk II helmets. Russia, winter 1942-1943
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British solar pith hat

Czechoslovak soldiers at Agami before departure to Lybia.
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Russian Ssh40 helmet

Parade of Czechoslovak Independent Brigade in Russia. Novochopersk, 30.09.1943
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German M35-42 helmet

Czech members of Police Battalion „Böhmen“ during training in Germany.
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German M35 helmet

Resistance fighters. Prague, May 1945.
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German Gladiator style helmet

Czech resistance fighter escorts German civilian. Prague, May 1945
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German tropical pith helmet


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Czechoslovak vz. 53 (M53) helmet (with single leather chinstrap)

Infantry and tank assault at monoeuvres „954“. Note the camouflage nets on vz. 53's (M53’s). 50’s
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Soldier with anti tank rocket. 80’s
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Czechoslovak Frontier Guard GI's with camo netting on their Vz 53's. Putim at southern Bohemia. 70's?
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Czechoslovak vz. 53 (M53) helmet (with double „Y“ leather chinstrap)

Military parade. 80’s
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TANKMAN’S HELMETS

Czechoslovak leather tankman’s helmet - 1

Czechoslovak leather tankman’s helmet from prewar period. Light tanks Vz.35
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Czechoslovak leather tankman’s helmet - 2

Czechoslovak leather tankman’s helmet with built in earphones. General Catlos - minister of Slovak National Defence speaking on tank LT 38 to soldiers of Slovak Fast Division. The man at the right is colonel Pilfousek - commander of Fast Brigade. Sambor, 04.07.1941
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British R.A.C. Mk I helmet

Title of book " Z protektorátu do republiky".
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Russian leather tankman’s helmet

Czechoslovak tankmen of 1-st. Czechoslovak tank brigade in Russia durind training. Russia, Novochopersk, 1943
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Members of 1-st. Czechoslovak tank brigade in Russia in front of light tank T70. 1944
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Operator of tactical rocket launcher with 3 pad Russian tankman’s helmet during manoeuvres.
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Czechoslovak tankmen equipped with 3 and 4 pad Russian tankman’s helmets during winter manoeuvres. 80’s
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MOTORBIKE HELMETS

British D.R. Mk I helmet

Despatch riders of Motorised Battalion of Czechoslovak Independent Brigade during arrival to liberated Czechoslovakia.
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Czechoslovak motorbike helmet

Czechoslovak army traffic controller with despatch rider white helmet made of laminate during Civil Defence exercise. 80’s. This type of helmet was made also in khaki color.
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PARATROOPER’S HELMETS

German M37 paratrooper’s helmet

Slovak paratroopers unit at military parade. Bratislava, 14.03.1944
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Slovak paratrooper Oldrich Najvirt
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Czechoslovak paratrooper’s helmet of 80’s

Czechoslovak paratroopers during exercise with MP vz.58. Note missing elastic cord on lying soldier’s helmet. 80’s
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CIVIL DEFENCE HELMETS

Czechoslovak vz. 32 (M32) helmet

Black vz. 32 (M32) with leatherette liner pads used by Civil Defence member during CD exercise. 80’s
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German M35-42 helmets

German WWII reissued helmets used by Civil Defence during CD exercise.
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Czechoslovak vz. 53 (M53) helmet

Broadcasting poll during Civil Defence exercise. The woman has black colored CD version of vz. 53 (M53) helmet with 5 little holes at back rim for attaching additional neck protecting flap.
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