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Offline Mark K

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I thought I would share this rather interesting 1942 dated C.L/.C. that I recently added to my collectiona few months back firstly it has a wonderful patina to the exterior of the helmet body and shows a good amount of wear that is indicative to a field worn example so it does indeed have that been there done that look I like so much in my helmets it is sporting a hand painted flash that denotes that the Soldiers was at one time appointed to the Instructional Cadre the ( A I ) and very likely would have taught at a training centres, school or at a Battalion level in Canada and or perhaps abroad in Great Britain helmets sporting this particular flash are extremely rare and this is only the third example that I have ever seen and IMO would have been covered over and or the flash removed once the NCO/Officer fulfilled his duty and moved on to another posting...
Of duel interest is the shrapnel strike and or bullet strike on the side of the helmet body ( I am of the opinion it is a shrapnel strike ) which at one time had been covered up on the inside with what I believe would have been medical tape which I can only speculate would have been added to keep out the elements the strike does indeed raise some questions and while discussing it with a friend and fellow collector a few months back he did bring up an interesting point " was it a result of live fire training that got too lively, or did the occupant finish his time as an instructor with a trip to Europe? Soldiers sent over to England as replacements were placed in Reinforcement Units before being assigned to units and received on-going training there ".
Perhaps after the soldier had finished his time as an instructor he was indeed reassigned and would have simply covered the helmet with a net before shipping out to the Theatre of Operations...
So many unanswered questions on this particular Mk II and one can only speculate as to how the damage happened and a thorough on hands inspection was un-revealing and there were no remnants of a name and or service number...

Regards Mark
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Offline ScottG

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   Very nice looking tin lid! My Son loves Canadian items so I will be sure to have him take a look at this later! Thanks for sharing the great helmet and info.  Scott
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Thanx Scott it would be nice to know the history on this one...

Regards Mark

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Looks as though the wearer had a lucky escape! Another fine helmet!
"He who dares, wins!"

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Thanx Tom and yes we will probably likely never know the truth behind what happened but if he was wearing it at the time it would have been a close call indeed..

Regards Mark

 

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