with M1959 net. The net is secured on the helmet with an elastic cord.
|It is not unusual to find
this combination of the U.S. woodland cover and the Austrian M1959 net
on these helmets.
|Here is a doublesided cover,
with one "Erbsentarn" side and one "Sumpftarn" side. The design is
similar to the U.S. M-1 helmet cover, but it has no foliage slits. It
is not much
used, but shows traces of having sat on a helmet.
Since there was no official camouflage cover, except the net, soldiers used all kinds of privately aquired or locally made covers. In 1995 the Heeresbekleidungsanstalt (HBA) officially released a document with sewing instructions, allowing the use of old surplus tent parts (Zeltbahn) and other discarded camouflage material as material for helmet covers.
|The olive coloured cover for the
M1997 Kampfhelm. Beside the olive cover there are blue (UN), white
(Winter camo), white with red crosses (Medics) and yellow (OECD
observer). Some of the first M1997s were used with French CCE covers.
This cover is made by the Austrian company J. Blaschke Wehrtechnik GmbH in Wien. The label can be seen below (HBA stands for Heeresbekleidungsanstalt, the organisation responsible for clothing and personal equipment of the Austrian Army). The rubber rim has a J. Blaschke logotype in relief.