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Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:18:38 PM »
Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet

Hi,

Here is a rather unusual camouflage Mk.II British Paratrooper helmet.



The camouflage scheme would not look to out of place on a WWI German M16 helmet.



The liner looks to be completely original to the helmet, a good indication is the aluminium band which is seated tightly inside the steel shell.





The black sorbo rubber is still fairly supple.





The crown pad is long gone, they often dry out and the glue degrades and becomes brittle.



A combination of rust and oxidisation leached into the 3 point webbing chinstrap/harness.



You can see here clearly that the buckle nut and bolt haven't been touched and are completely original. 



A stress fracture, I've seen these on a few relic helmets and M1 pots but seldom on a Mk.II



WWII reinforcing on the 3 point webbing chinstrap, this is a widely accepted indication of a WWII webbing chinstrap.



The reinforcing is not seen post war, the webbing is will be machined together without the extra reinforcing.



Chamois leather chin cup.



The name 'Michael Kay' written clearly on the leather sweat band, as yet I haven't found anything on Kay but will ask Airborne Assault whether they have any records of Kay within Airborne Forces.



BMB (Briggs Motor Bodies) 1944



More photographs of this rather unique style of camouflage, the paintwork certainly has some age to it but what country or theatre it originated is somewhat of a mystery.  Perhaps if I can track down 'Michael Kay' it will hold the key!










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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2016, 05:52:29 PM »
Great looking helmet Tug :)
Love the camouflage look. Nice one! ;)
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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2016, 11:13:00 PM »
Very unusual camo.
My first thought was that it looked like a German WW1 style camo also.
Helmets fine and all original though
Quite Intrigued to find out when Mr Kay served. It may be a re-paint for Palestine or Cyprus post WW2.
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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 11:16:46 PM »
What a crackin' example Tug! That camo scheme is awesome...obviously inspired by similar schemes seen on German stahlhelms of WW1.
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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2016, 01:14:15 AM »
It may be a re-paint for Palestine or Cyprus post WW2.
Yes my thoughts exactly, unfortunately I've yet to find a photograph of a similar helmet within that theatre.  The camouflage would certainly not be out of place in any of the post war Middle Eastern conflicts and I'd agree it seems to take its inspiration from the WWI German camouflage helmets.  I think perhaps I'll punt off another email to Jon Baker at Airborne Assault and see if they have anything in the Airborne Forces registers for a Michael Kay. 

I have also considered that perhaps the name is 'ITAY' which has its origins from the Hebrew name 'ITHAI' also spelt 'ITTAY' or 'ITAY'.

Thanks for the comments.

Tug  ;)
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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2016, 08:26:32 AM »
Super helmet, it would be nice if you manage to track down some information on the owner.
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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2016, 07:10:30 AM »
I had t he chance o see some great British uniforms and kit when I was at the Pegasus Bridge museum in Normandy with my father 4 years ago..

Very impressive, and this one Tug is a great looking helmet. There is so much to learn about our allies and adversaries uniforms and equipment..

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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2016, 12:56:39 PM »
Wow, very nice Tug. It definitely has that German WWI camo look to it.

I'm a novice when it comes to British gear. Was there ever a standard camo applied to helmets prior to issue, by the British, during WWII?

I ask because the US had a camo Westninghouse liner, that left the factory with camo.

I agree with Smitty, though, there is so much to learn when it comes to our allies. I tend to have my blinders on, focusing on US, meanwhile I'm missing a whole other world.
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Re: Mk.II Camouflage British Paratrooper Helmet
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2018, 11:21:01 AM »
Very nice

 

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