Hello all - this is my first proper post and I taught I'd show you guys one of my helmets.........as I have a few questions regarding it and for some reason cant find answers so far. This is a french M26 Adrian Helmet that I purshased a few months back - as soon as I saw it, I just could'nt resist!!! (you know what I mean ) 1. - Well the first question that I have is concerning maker's marks / dates of manufacture - How did the french stamp/mark their finished helmets? I cant find any on the helmet (I've checked everywhere)....moreover I cant find any information on the internet either (Im so used of being able to find the maker's marks/dates on british helmets so easily). Maybe the french didnt stamp them???? However on closer inspection, I have found a very faint ink stamp (I think)....it is hard to read, but from what I can make out - NICROM?C?? This does appear to be original - but my lack of French does'nt help here - so my guess is possibly a manufacture's name???? 2. - The paint......appears to be a shade of blue, is it " Horizon Blue " (The colour is actually lighter then in the pictures - I just have'nt cleand the helmet)......would this Horizon blue be the colour applied in the factory or in the field?.......If so I find this weird as I taught Horizon Blue was used by the french in WW1 - so why would they continue to use it during WW2? (considering changes in uniform etc ) 3. - For some reason, most Adrian helmets I come across for sale, both on the internet / in person.....nearly always have their badges missing?? Are they made of a valuable metal - hence seperated from the helmets for other uses? Or simply that it is easier for soliders to take a badge as opposed to the whole helmet as a souvenir / keepsake ??? (The last picture is a close-up of the inside of the helmet - the area where the faint ink stamp is.) Any Information, Ideas or comments would be welcome guys!