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Hoping for a clarification on a helmet question

While realizing this is a WW2 German helmet specialist group, I figure it can't hurt toa ask a question about the WW1 versions.

With both the Ludwig Baer book and the latest by Jan Meland now in hand, I did go through them first in hopes of getting clarification.  The web search followed including what was written on this site.  Consider me confused.

This has to do with the M16 vs M17.  I see it suggested in some places that M17 was used to designate Austrian made versions of the M16.

It is also suggested that the M16 was followed by the M17 and basically the only difference is the helmet liner band which was leather in the M16 and metal in the M17.

I've been looking closer at the M16 (I believe) I have.  TJ66 is the marking and that company is listed in the books as one in Lubeck, Germany.   As it had no liner remnants in it when my uncle pulled it out of the junkyard all those years ago, if the liner was the difference between the 16 and 17 there is no way I can tell.

So where I stand at the moment, is the Austrian's used the metal liner band on their version as the M16 and it was called the M17 due to it's Austrian roots.  As my helmet was made in Lubeck, Germany, it would have had a leather liner band and is an M16.

Am I correct?

Thanks for the continuing education

M16-17-18....as well as M35-M40-M42...these are collector's nomenclatures.

Of course for the years of production related hence the number...

So yes as you said. M17 is basically the M16 model with metal ring because it went to production in 1917. The strap lugs were on both models while in the M18 were removed (having the bales strap riveted to the ring).

All austrians were M17 somehow (they never have had leather ring)

Andrea is correct. Just to add, the "German" M17 designation is a "collectors" nomenclature. Never officially used by the Germans.