Casco coloniale Italiano (Modello la truppa) Modello 1928

Italian pith helmet (Troop Model) Model 1928)

This lightweight helmet is designed with the primary function of providing protection from the sun. The protection against direct or indirect (bullet) impacts is minimal.
The use of the Model 1928 as a combat helmet is therefore steadily reduced during the Second World War.
The pith helmet is first used during the Second Italo-Ethiopian war and saw extensive use during World War II in Africa Settentrionale (North-Africa) and Africa Orientale Italiana (Italian East-Africa).

The Model 1928 is made out of cork covered with a khaki canvas fabric.
On the right side of the helmet a small bag is present in which the Bersaglieri could hold their traditional feathers.
The helmet is fitted with three vents of which the top one is protected by an aluminum dome in a khaki color.
The interior consists only of a leather band which is attached by means of blocks of cork.
The size of the helmet is shown in the central dome. Pith helmets of the first type are at the bottom lined with green canvas material, examples of the second type with khaki canvas.
The chinstrap is made out of leather in a brown or brownish-black color and attached by aluminum holders.

Brass unit emblems in a gold or silver color can be worn on the pith helmet. This is usually done on a red-white-green cotton roundel when worn by units of the Regio Esercito (Royal Army) and in some cases a black cockade when worn by the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (Volunteer Militia for the National Security). More often however the M.V.S.N. is wearing the emblems on a black wool background which follows the lines of the emblem.
Wearing only the brass unit emblem, a small roundel, a black stencil or a woolen emblem does occur at limited extent both at the Royal Army as the M.V.S.N..
Some owners maka a drawing of their unit emblem on the helmet. Personal texts, such as names of persons and battles can also be found.
Captured emblems of the enemy are regularly placed on the helmet, just as religious symbols to obtain a divine protection, since the Model 1928 offers relatively little protection.

The Model 1928 is also in limited numbers worn by Officers. They are equipped with Officer quality woolen emblems on a khaki or gray-green background. Very rarely Officers wear brass unit emblems.

Sources:
Mussolini’s Soldiers; R. Trye; 1995
Uniformi e distintivi dell’Esercito Italiano 1933-1945 ; P. Marzetti; 1981

Casco coloniale Italiano (Modello la truppa) Modello 1928
This Casco coloniale Italiano (Modello la truppa) Modello 1928 (Italian pith helmet (Troop Model) Model 1928) of the second type is a size 55 without any markings
Casco coloniale Italiano (Modello la truppa) Modello 1928
This Casco coloniale Italiano (Modello la truppa) Modello 1928 (Italian pith helmet (Troop Model) Model 1928) of the second type is a size 53 without any markings