BULGARIAN GERMAN Original Luftschutz GLADIATOR helmet 1-piece construction 1943. This German Luftschutz helmet, the so-called "Gladiator" type M44, was used in Bulgaria during the WWII.
These helmets were produced in Germany by order of Bulgarian army and designed to be used in the army unit called "Protivovazdushna i Himimicheska Zashtita" - Anti Air and Chemical Defense. Helmet is of one piece construction, has two groups of seven ventilation holes to either side of the crown. It retains its original green-grey paint, and it has rare ORIGINAL DECAL! The decal represents a shield, the left part in the National colors /white-green-red/, the right part in black-white-black. In the center of the shield there is a smaller red shield with a standing lion with crown inside.
On the upper part in a dark blue line are 4 Cyrillic letters abbreviation of the Anti air corps name. The reverse interior neck guard is stamped with Germans producer's mark RL 2 39/25. Such royal type emblems were banned during the communist period and it is a great chance to find this one. The item "WW2 1943 BULGARIAN GERMAN Original Luftschutz GLADIATOR helmet Single Decal" is in sale since Sunday, December 30, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "gerber6661" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States.