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  1. Hi, presentation of a brodie helmet with a long history. The shell is a FS (lot number 180) Thomas Firth and Sons, one of the 400 000 british helmet that were shipped to the American Expeditionary Force in France in 1917. After WW1 in France that helmet saw service with the small US interwar army. At the end of the 30s it was overhauled, repainted with a new inner part and chinstrap. It was then part of the military aid to France and saw service with a french NCO of a North African light infantry unit (goumiers). So is this helmet british, american or french ? Regards JC
  2. sgtbarnes44

    South African MKII

    Hi, First af all, I hope that my explanation will be understandable by everyone, but forgive me in advance as english it is not my everyday language... I can understand your scepticism about this particular helmet, and I won't try to convince anyone on it's originality. I am very happy with it and this is the most important. My opinion is based on four points: 1. I acquired it directly from South Africa. No intermediate between Johannesburg and my war-room shelves. 2. The helmet components are 100% South African, WW2 era made. 3. I found no real issues with the "loop test". The four small medic panels painted under the bigger one are easily distinguished by their shape. They are not painted with the same white and red paints of the bigger one. The big panels have been painted directly over the black storage marks seen on piled helmets. No sign of trying to dissimulate that. 4. All the paints on this helmet resist "hands up" my "acetone test". This last test is an empirical method used by some french collectors to determine paint type and aging. All modern paints (acrylic, oil, enamel) are easily melted with solvent. Lead based paints (banned in Europe but still produced in third world countries) are resisting solvent a lot better, particularly when they were applied decades ago. For that test I am soaking a cotton ear brush with acetone (but any nail varnish solvent can do the job) and then swap it five or six times over small part of the paint. If any color (even faint) appear on the cotton, I am quite sure the paint is a modern thinned type or a recently applied lead based one. If nothing appears, my best guess is that the paint is not so new... I know this is not fool proof as ancient thinly applied paint can react to that test but as no paint aging test exist yet, it is better than nothing! Last point concerning this helmet, there is a black painted number (1077) painted inside the shell. This may be a soldier serial number, but I still have no clue about it. Best regards JC
  3. sgtbarnes44

    Small collection from France

    Some more. I am using pictures already taken some times ago. I need to update my picture data... This last one, found in the Vosges area, belongued to one of the american japanese (Niseï) of the 442nd Regimental combat team. Unfortunatly there are more than 10 Tanaka on the unit roster that were coming from Honolulu... So no way for me to identify this helmet. Regards JC
  4. Hi, presentation of my only SA MK2. The only markings are on the liner (Jager Rand 1942). The shell has a brownish textured paint inside and outside. The four medic panels are painted over four smaller pannels that can be seen whith different shades of white and red where the paint of the bigger one has chipped. Regards JC
  5. Hi, I believe it is khaki green, not dark brown. Regards JC
  6. Hi, thanks for the answer. When I wrote textured, I meant heavy texturing: The only markings visible are on the liner (W&LC 1941): Regards JC
  7. sgtbarnes44

    Small collection from France

    Thanks for the comments . Here some more: More to come very soon. Regards JC
  8. Hi, I am not a MK2 collector, even if I do own some of them. I am avidly searching the web for info but I know that experienced collector have a huge knowledge that can't be beaten even by the best net site. My questions are: 1. I have a MK2 (pics can follow) in very good shape, inner part is dated 1941. The shell has a textured paint that cover all stampings, outside AND also Inside. Is it normal as I have not yet seen such textured paint inside the shell ? I am quite confident it is not a repaint job. 2. Does a reference book about WW2 commonwealth helmets exist ? I have searched Amazon and other library site without success. Thanks for your help. Regards JC
  9. sgtbarnes44

    Small collection from France

    As promised, here some more pictures of my small collection: More to come very soon. Regards JC
  10. Hi everyone, I need some info about that strange one, found in Northern France. I believe it has never been issued and also never been dismantled. The helmet shell is british made by F & L and dated 1941. The lining is dated 1942 and canadian made. The chinstrap has a broad arrow stamp. I have presented this helmet on a french collector web site and the answers I received were that the canadian received british made shells during the war years, so nothing was strange with that helmet. What do you, MK2 pro think about it? Regards JC
  11. Hi everyone, Presentation of one of my very basic MK2. Found in northern part of France. No unit patch. I believe that the shell is a Fisher & Ludlow but apart from the date (1940), the stampings are hard to see, as paint and rust cover them. The inner part is a size 7 made by E.W VERO and also dated 1940. No markings on the chinstrap. Simple but honest shell. Regards JC
  12. sgtbarnes44

    Small collection from France

    Hi everyone, thanks for the kind comments. Here some more view of my collection: More to come... Regards JC
  13. Hi, a little teaser of my modest collection. Regards JC
  14. sgtbarnes44

    New member from France

    Hi, my name is Jean-Claude (JC for short). I am 50 years old and I have been an avid collector and WW2 history buff for more than 30 years. I have been serving in the french marine Corps for nearly 32 years, and I am still serving in the reserve. I am only interested in WW2 artefacts, particularly those found in occupied europe (France, Italy, Belgium etc.). I am also an avid metal detecting fan. My main interests are WW2 helmets and headgear, but also insignias, knives and bayonets. My modest collection is mainly themed US and Free French, but I do also have some german and commonwealth stuff. If the forum members are interested I will present it. Regards JC