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  1. It should be khaki green, but as these were refurbished at unit level, you get a lot of different shades.
  2. Classic Mk1*, Mk1 helmet, Mk1 lugs, Mk1 chin strap & liner. White M shows that the rim is magnetic. I would say that the paint is khaki green, and faded over the years.
  3. During 1937 a new chin strap lug was introduced to attach the Mk1 chin strap to the Mk1* helmet. This was called the Mk1 chin strap lug, was made of non-magnetic stainless steel & measured 30mm x 25mm. it was fitted to the helmet body by an domed 9.5mm long snaphead rivet.
  4. They are British, but there is this well known picture of a Canadian soldier with one on his Mk3 helmet. How he got it?
  5. Not sure if it's me, but could not get any pics up.
  6. Thanks for showing, some nice ones there.
  7. Can't say I've seen many FG helmet markings other than 1/2" bands, so interesting to see the wide 1 1/2 " band too.
  8. Yes, R, for rescue, being white for an rescue party foreman. The two small black horizontal bars are unusual, but there was a lot of different markings when it comes to home front helmets. They could have been just perculiar to that one area. Helmet is most likely dated 38/39.
  9. Well, that is unusual, M for factory name, rather than Messenger?
  10. If it's in the book, must be right. Nice one
  11. The Mk2 helmet was still being used by the British army up until the early 50's. 1950-53ish. Here's an 55 dated one, not seen any later, but there could be.
  12. Not seen a net like that before, what helmet is it on.
  13. The Mk1*,made by Hadfields & sons 1916-19, then refurbished 1937-39 for use in WW2. It has the Mk1 chin strap lugs & Mk1 chin strap that were fitted for a short time before being replaced in 1938. Due to complaints that the chin strap kept slipping off,due to the thin wire loops. The Mk2 liner is dated 1939 & made by VERO.
  14. Anyone who worked on the home front, after March 1939 as a general rule, HF helmets were painted black.
  15. An helmet that was mostly used on the home front, smooth khaki green paint, as apposed to textured khaki green for the military.
  16. If they are stamped with an M or asterisk, they will be magnetic, and not for military use. But they look the same.
  17. & I was going to ask you what they were.
  18. Although not my area of collecting, I'd go for US civil defence. The way the liner is fixed, plus the anchor stamp.
  19. A standard Mk3 with dark brown textured paint, looked high & low for stamps on the shell for date/maker name,none. But the rim join makes this an RO&Co or F&L made one. The liner is dated 1945 & made by CCL.
  20. An double decal, as with these and the Mk4, they had a long hard service life.
  21. Most likely Stretcher Party, as used in London only. The rest of the UK F.A.P. (first aid party/post)
  22. Probably some did not add their letters, or other helmets were not used by the ARP service.
  23. It's an Mk2 No.1.not an Mk2 No.2 (1-4 holes in the brim) meaning it is made of manganese steel, and if it were painted in textured paint on the outside, would have been issued to the military. Being smooth khaki green inside and out means it was used on the home front, when in early 1939 they tried to standardize ARP helmets, they painted them black from the factory. Hence others that were painted khaki green, but not always followed, were over painted black. That's why you see so many with khaki green paint on the inside, but black,white (promotion), or other colours on the outside.