Unknown helmet

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Unknown helmet

Post by edwin » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:17 am

Dear all,

Below are some pics of a helmet that belongs to colleague. It was apparently obtained at a local fleamarket in the '50s in the north of the Netherlands and was used by the Dutch, British and Germans during WW2. I am no expert but it does not look like a Dutch or German helmet to me. Rather, it looks like a Russian one to me.

I am interested to hear your thoughts!

Regards,

Edwin

Imagehelmet_1 by edwinvanbloois, on Flickr

Imagehelmet_2 by edwinvanbloois, on Flickr

Imagehelmet_3 by edwinvanbloois, on Flickr

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Re: Unknown helmet

Post by badener » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:06 am

Danish maybe?
It must be a Bavarian. They always smell the worst!

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Re: Unknown helmet

Post by michmuch » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:52 am

Hello

This helmet is a GB one, MKIII. WW2 era.
The flashes on the side are probably tactical or unit markings.
Normally the liner should be dated on the black cross, the shall usually near the chinstraps

Brgds

JM

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Re: Unknown helmet

Post by Peter_Suciu » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:21 am

I agree it is a MkIII, which differed from the later MkIV as noted by the rivet placement for the chinstrap. It is higher on the MkIII and this pattern has a liner that can't be as easily removed. This was changed with the MkIV, which allowed the liner to be removed and kept the helmet "watertight" to be used as a wash basin, etc.

The MkIII helmets first saw use at D-Day but mainly by the Canadian troops so this helmet could be a Canadian one. I don't recognize the flash on the side however.

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Re: Unknown helmet

Post by aicusv » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:43 am

I too agree as a British MkIII.
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Re: Unknown helmet

Post by Schiavona13 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:04 pm

yes its a turtle helmet the Dutch army also used them
Searching for Dutch helmets , swords and medals

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Re: Unknown helmet

Post by edwin » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:05 am

Thanks chaps! And a MkIII helmet used by the canadians makes sense because they liberated the north of the Netherlands.

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Edwin

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