What are those chef hats that Israeli soldiers are wearing?   Leave a comment


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Ever since news coverage has been showing Israeli troops in this latest Palestinian-Israeli war I have been confounded as to the strange headgear the Israeli soldiers are wearing.  They look like chef hats or large potato sacks covering their combat helmets. Initially I thought it had something to do with cooling the soldiers heads by protecting them from the savage middle east sun. But now I have discovered why.

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The Mitznefet is a covering for the infantry helmet used by the Israeli Defense Forces as of 1994. It is considerably larger than the helmet, giving the impression of a militarised chef’s hat. The purpose of the floppy helmet cover is to break up the distinctive outline of a helmeted head and thus assist in the camouflage of the wearer. It was originally adapted in the 1990s for guerrilla warfare in the wood and bush land of south Lebanon, later adding a two sided camo, one for desert and one for woodland terrain. The Mitznefet is easily removable, and can be attached to the helmet while folded.

The term comes from the mitznefet, or turban, worn by the high priest in the Temple of Jerusalem, originating in a Hebrew language root meaning “to wrap”.

 As the mitznefet s harder to recognize in a shadow or out of the corner of your eye. The hat also protects against the sun and the moon, which might reflect off the surface of the helmet.

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Posted July 31, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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