M38 German Paratrooper Helmet Type 1 Chinstrap New Condition
Our Type 1 M38 Paratrooper Helmet chinstraps are hand made by a military leatherworker who lives only 300 miles from Thale in Germany who aims for 100% accuracy in his work. These chinstraps were the very first version to be worn on the M38 Helmet pre-WW2 and some were also worn during WW2 even after the introduction of the second (gate buckle), version
There are two types available - Type 1A and 1B. The only difference between Type 1A and 1B is the number of grommet holes on the rear straps, the Type 1A having four (and two hoops) and the type 1B having three. The Type 1A was made before 16th of June 1938 and the 1B after this period up to approximately the Netherlands invasion (10th and 11th May 1940).
Made from genuine grey-blue goatskin and real chamois (so shades vary), not just reversed leather like many cheap reproductions. They are stitched with Gruschwitz No. 10 thread, real linen reinforcement and grease-free paper inside just like the originals (they also used newspapers on the inside instead of paper!). The machine manufactured aluminium grommets will fit your helmet's bolts and nuts correctly.
These straps weigh only 50 grams and are very strong, just like originals - light but strong, not fat imitation pigskin used on poor reproductions! All specifications are taken from the original drawings, real wartime photographs from the Bundesarchiv and original chinstraps. We started production from the ground up without using replica’s as samples, as we wanted to offer 100% accuracy.
The features are:
- The correct weight and strength - flexible and not 'chunky'.
- The correct grommets - choice of 3 or 4 at the rear.
- Made from grey-blue goatskin.
- Stitched in Gruschwitz No. 10 thread
- Real linen reinforcement and grease-free paper inside.
- Real chamois leather on the insides.
- Will fit ET66, ET68 and ET71 versions of Helmet.
These are the best WWII German Type 1 Paratrooper Chin straps on the market, perfect for helmet restorers, collectors and re-enactors. They are made to order so we only have a small quantity in stock, these may take a couple of weeks to make and to send to you. You may want to email us and check stock levels before ordering. If 'quantity' levels are zero you will need to email us to order!
The last picture compares the rear holes of the 1A and 1B.