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    Here's one of my favourites from the book......'looks messy (and "wrong") but in the period before 2 black stripes meant you were a top dog the guys at the top wore red helmets with white lettering....blah blah...you know all this anyway (and if you don't, buy the book! 🙂 ) This once-red lid has been over-painted black but the lettering part has been left exposed ...and the underlying red is evident all over the shop. What makes this one doubly special is that beneath the red paint there were once (black?) diamonds which can be seen under the top coats when the helmet is tipped in the light.....what I've never figured out is why black....as we all know they went from red to white (with 2 black bands). Most folk search out the perfect...the un-issued....I seem to be drawn to the messy ones!
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    Hello Gentlemen, I have not been on the forum in a while, but some new helmets were just listed on a dealer site and I wanted to let you know just in case anyone is interested. The picture below shows the ones that were just listed, and here is a link to the page: https://www.germanmilitaria.com/Advanced/AdvancedViewFeb25th2020.html
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    I agree completely Jerry, and yes, the paint looks very fresh.
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    All non metal helmets in the Mk2 shape would not have been used by the military, but used on the home front. Due to shortages of helmets in 1940 shops & departmental stores that sold steel helmets to the public were only aloud to have no more than ten in store. So a market for non metal helmets sprung up,bakelite, compressed fibre, & leather. They of course had no ballistic properties, but were at least some protection. The helmet being sold I have not seen before, but that's not to say anything is wrong with it, but being sold by MT, just make sure you know what you are buying.