M38 German Paratrooper Helmet Type 2 Chinstrap New Condition
Our Type 2 M38 Paratrooper Helmet chinstraps are hand made by a military leather-worker who lives only 300 miles from Thale in Germany who aims for 100% accuracy in his work. These chinstraps were the second version to be worn on the M38 Helmet early to late WW2. It is also known as the 'gate' version.
There were several versions made and we have four types available - Type 2 Brown, Type 2 Grey/Blue , Type 2 Split leather and Type 2 Grey/Blue Newspaper filled.
All are made from Pigskin and the Brown type has aluminium grommets and the others have machine manufactured zinc grommets. The 'Type 2 Brown' and 'Type 2 Grey/Blue' have chamois leather on the reverse. The 'Type 2 Split' has split leather (normal leather that has had the top removed), on the rear of the straps. The 'Type 2 Split' appeared later in the war as resources got scarce, both the other two types were used early to late war. The Type 2 Grey/Blue Newspaper filled, replicates straps filled with newspaper and of course we have used genuine ww2 newspaper for this!
Made from genuine grey-blue or brown pigskin and real chamois (so shades vary), or split leather. 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 zinc grommets will fit your helmet's bolts and nuts correctly.
These straps weigh only 50 to 80 grams depending on the version and are very strong, just like originals. 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 - zinc plated.
- Made from grey-blue pigskin.
- Stitched in Gruschwitz No. 10 thread
- Real linen reinforcement and grease-free paper inside.
- Real chamois or reversed leather on the insides.
- Will fit ET66, ET68 and ET71 versions of Helmet.
- PRYM 4, Stocko or unmarked fastner.
These are the best WWII German Type 2 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!