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The 826 - compare and contrast

The Schuberth/Induyco helmet commonly known as the 826, and first appearing with the German Bundeswehr in the 1990s, is now used by a a number of European nations. Many of these have slight variations, mostly in the area of chinstraps and fastenings, and absolute identification can be difficult.
This is a beginning at sorting this out.

Belgian 826 left chin-strap catch.jpg

BELGIAN - left chinstrap catch

Belgian 826right chin-strap.jpg

BELGIAN - right chinstrap catch

Belgian 826 rim and rivet.jpg

BELGIAN - liner rivet and helmet rim


Danish 826 left chin-strap catch.jpg

DANISH - left chinstrap catch

Danish 826 right chin-strap catch.jpg

DANISH right chinstrap catch

German 826 left chin-strap catch.jpg

GERMAN - left chinstrap catch

German 826 right chin-strap catch.jpg

GERMAN - right chinstrap catch

Netherlands 826 left chin-strap catch.jpg

NETHERLANDS - left chinstrap catch

Netherlands 826 right chin-strap catch.jpg

NETHERLANDS - right chinstrap catch


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B826, M95 NL, left Induyco, right early Schubert.jpg

NETHERLANDS - B826, known as M95 NL, left Induyco, right early Schubert



M95 Induyco (NL) 006.jpg

NETHERLANDS - stamp inside Induyco M95
M = size
month and year of production

M95 Induyco (NL) 008.jpg

NETHERLANDS - Induyco M95 chinstrap set.

M95, first model, no quick release buckle.jpg

NETHERLANDS - part of chinstrap of first model, note no quick release buckle.

The first compo helmet was the Schubert. It was delivered in UN blue only. These helmets were manufactured by Schubert and had ballistic bolts. You can recognize that by them being oblong. The first helmets did not have the "quick release arrowhead" buckle. In 1995 in Bosnia the blue Schuberts and the blue Induyco's were spray painted in an olive colour, or simply covered with olivedrab tape.

The later helmets were made by INDUYCO and had round bolts and the typical "quick release arrowhead" buckle. This helmet was named M95. The MoD did not order these early Schuberts according to EU rules so further Schubert orders had to be cancelled. Induyco won the next bid.  

The M95 in use by the army did not have the lock on the "quick release" buckle. Only the Marine Corps were issued these helmets with a lock, for parachute operations.
Emile Verbunt


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Some notes regarding variations of the 826 as used internationally, compiled by ADRIAN BLAKE, this version dated September 2010.


AUSTRIA - Schuberth - 3 examples. Army - light brown with sand-texture, size is marked in S, M and L also in metric size like 56-58 inside white stencil inside a rectangle "Schuberth Helme 826 1993 Gr. 56-58", chinstrap is the same as the sample used in the Bundeswehr steel-helmet with quick release buckle, suspension NOSHA, bolts are single-holed (round) metal. Gendarmerie - light grey with sand-texture, size is marked in metric eg 55-57, inside white stencil "Schuberth 826  Gr. 2". Chinstrap has locking catch to left side of chinstrap opposite "Press" catch on right side. Suspension NOSHA, bolts are black ballistic bolt heads in rectangle shape. Special Forces - dark-blue with sand-texture, size is marked in metric eg "55-57" inside white stencil "Schuberth 826   Gr. 2". Chinstrap has locking catch to left side of chinstrap opposite "Press" catch on right side. Suspension NOSHA, bolts are black ballistic bolt heads in rectangle shape

BAHREIN - Schuberth - Sand coloured, protection level 550 m/sec, sand coloured chin strap + basic US M1-type suspension. "Schuberth" in black inside.

BELGIUM - designated M95 - made by Schuberth (?). Smooth outer surface, black plastic bolt heads. SAE (contract?) number, "ABL" & date inside

BRUNEI - ???


DENMARK - Schuberth - Green (smooth) helmets trialed but rejected. UN Blue helmets used for UN purposes. White "Schuberth" stencil inside right side showing makers name, "826", date (mm/yy) and size. Trial versions believed to be marked with helmet size only.

GERMANY - designated B826 -  Schuberth & Induyuco - Slightly rough outer surface in BW olive green. Locking catch to left side of chinstrap opposite "Press" catch on right side.  Bolts are single-holed (round) metal. "Bund" stencil in white to inside incorporating makers initials and date ["SH99" = Schuberth, 1999] and a NATO stock number which incorporates a country code [12 = Germany]). Induyuco model only has size applied . More coarse chin-strap material and suspension bolts are single-holed metal spanner bolts.




NETHERLANDS - designated M1995 - Schuberth & Induyuco - Schuberth UN blue only 1994-1996. Induyco green from 1996. Rough/"Sand-textured" medium-green outer surface. Generally no "lock" to quick-release catch to left side of strap (opposite "Press" catch on right side) but a lock device is used by Dutch Marines for added security when jumping. The chinstrap without "quick release" device was installed on the first helmet batch the Dutch used ie the Schuberth-made UN blue ones. Chinstraps with "quick release" devices were installed on later batches but still without the lock - the chinstrap material being more coarse than the Indoyuco model. The blue Schuberts with oblong rivets, were resprayed in flat smooth olive - the new paint does not adhere well to the rim and signs of wear can be seen very early on. Schuberth models have a white stamp to the inner skirt showing maker, NATO stock number, date and size. Indoyuco models (1996 - present) have black decal to inner crown eg "Loti 04 L 09/96" and "INDUYUCO MVD" incorporated into moulding of vertical liner suspension piece (rear). White-shelled versions used by non-operational units  - white ensured they weren't used in combat.

NORWAY - designated M1994 - White "SCHUBERTH" stencil to inner left side. No quick-release catch to left side of chin strap.



TURKEY - ???


International Organisations -
INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS - at least some examples sent to IRC in Geneva