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WW1 GERMAN COVER FOR PICKELHAUBE
Cover first issued in 1892 made to protect & camouflage German solders WW1
With a simple number on the front in green to identify the regiment, in this case possibly the 16th Jaeger Regiment.
Origin the 3rd Westphalian Infantry.
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- Although used since 1892, the cover for the Pickelhaube helmet originally bore regimental numbers applied in red. From late 1914 the colour of the lettering changed to green, being less conspicuous.
This example belonged to a soldier serving with 'Infanterie-Regiment Freiherr von Sparr (3 Westfälisches) Nr.16', garrisoned at Cologne, and part of VIII Army Corps. Whilst this regiment wore the spiked Pickelhaube, Jäger troops wore the distinctive shako.
.......... Martin Boswell, , 24th of August 2010