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An excellent and scarce M26 helmet of the French Chasseurs Alpin Mountain Troops, who fought alongside British and Norwegian forces in Norway in 1940.
The shell has had a period field re-paint in a darker shade of green, with the satin olive drab visible still inside the shell. The badge to the front features the distinctive bugle horn badge, though they are often seen fitted with a white cotton camouflage cover. The liner is present and complete with tightening lace, though there is wear to the liner and a fair amount of surface leather has worn away.
The shell has some loss of paint and old wear spots and scratches in places, though it retains a large portion of original paint. The badge has some wear to the paint in the corners revealing the bare metal to the edges. The liner has some remains of issue stamps to the underside as pictured, though they are largely illegible due to the soft leather. The chin strap is present and complete with blackened adjuster buckle and brass securing rivet. There is a very small split to one side though it is minor and appears to be just the surface leather.
Overall a scarce untouched example of a Chasseurs Alpine troops helmet, with a lovely patina to it.