Helmet cork helmet covered in dark khaki or brown cotton drill material. The helmet has a leather chin strap. the brim is narrow at the front and much wider at the back. Fitted on the right side of the helmet is a silver plastic shield in the German National colors of black, white (plain silver) and red. On the left side a silver plastic shield on which is displayed a Wehrmacht Eagle in dull silver on a black painted background. The initials J H S are stamped inside the headband. German Army tropical headdress originated with German troops sent to North Africa in 1941.