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  1. Thanks for the comments.
  2. Royal Northumberland Fusiliers with the distinctive red bands. In 1939 there were 9 battalions of Fusiliers, 1,2,7 &9 machine gun, 4 &8 motorcycle, 5 searchlight.
  3. Glad it has got to see the light of day, looks really good with the three different helmet/hat types.
  4. I voted US, for the reason that the uniform was practical and stylish for the time. Then when they realized abroad it didn't stand up, they had the money and manufacturing to change it.The equipment was sturdy and enormously practical. But as a collector today I find it really boring compared to other Countries uniforms.
  5. Here's some information on one of the WW2 Malta history groups. The pattern, which was only used in Malta, had two main variations;Light vehicles, guns, generators, motorcycles, tanks, etc. which had an irregular outline were painted in a pattern resembling the rubble walls which bordered each and every field. This consisted of shapeless blotches of light stone paint, with a darker colour (dark green or dark brown mostly, but sometimes any dark shade available) between the blotches.Larger vehicles, especially those that had a squarish outline had the stone-coloured paint applied in rectangular blocks to resemble walls of buildings. The darker colour would thus be in straight lines to mimic the mortar and the gaps between the blocks. These vehicles would be parked next to a farmhouse and camouflaged further to resemble an extension of the building. Malta was awarded the George Cross for not only enduring the heaviest bombing campaign of WW2, but also for taking the fight back to the enemy. In such a scenario, camouflage was of vital importance for survival. For this reason a camouflage scheme was devised for Malta, and was applied to all equipment destined to be exposed to the enemy. All cars, trucks, motorcycles, field guns, tanks etc. were ‘given the treatment’. Even steel helmets were painted, and not only those used by the services but also those issued to the ARP, the Police, the Public Works, and others.
  6. I would say they sanded down the original textured khaki green, applied the brown all over, or whatever colour they had to hand. Then applied the sand coloured paint which has sand added to it, easy to see where the sand in the paint with the brush strokes has pulled the paint away to expose the brown underneath. Thanks for the nice comment.
  7. A very hard to find Malta stonewall camo, the owners name is written on the inside of the liner. LT.DEAS.
  8. I must admit I wasn't that enamoured with it where I saw it for sale,but from your picture, I have no doubt about it. A really nice interesting one. Happy new year to you, and all on HWMF.
  9. The colour of the helmet, liner, plus the chin strap make me sure its a Greek refurbished. Google images of Greek mk2, then Belgium mk2, you will see the difference.
  10. ROCO= Rubery Owen &Co, it has been refurbished post war by the Greeks. Which you can tell be the paint, leather strap and plastic type liner.
  11. I'd go for Irish,just a gut feeling though.
  12. Looking at about 10 of my army Mk2's, by far,the rim join was at the rear of the helmet. If you take it the lace knot for the liner was also to the rear, then most time the liner knot & rim join went to the rear. Mind you, you are buggered when the rim join is on the side. I expect the removal of decals was to increase security when troops went over sea's, and also better camouflage. But you see loads of wartime pictures of troops in action with decals.
  13. From Irish to Scots Guards,this one flashed to both sides. This seems to be the case with Scots guards helmets having their red/white/black emblem to both sides. Both shell & liner are dated 1939.