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Mark K.

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  • Birthday 03/12/1967

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  1. Eric-Jan Bakker

    So sorry to hear about this it is sad news indeed my deepest condolences to the family may he Rest in Peace...
  2. Last one I seen flashed to the AFS sold for about $130 Can.. Regards Mark
  3. Unfortunately there is no name and or service number that I have been able to find anywere on the liner and or helmet body so I am afraid with out any known provenance the only thing left is speculation as to how when why and were the damage may occurred . That said it does make for an interesting discussion piece and does set the mind to work... Regards Mark
  4. Another recent addition to the shelf is this 1941 Dated G.S.W. with a hand painted Flash to the ( NNSH ) North Nova Scotia Highlanders 3 Canadian Infantry Division steel lot batch A G it is sporting a 1942 dated VMC liner...The NNSH were formed in December of 1936 by the amalgamation of the Colchester and Hants Regiment ( less C company ),The Cumberland Highlanders,and C company,6th Machine Gun Battalion,GMGC. In 1940 the Regiment was reorganised into three battalions in preparation for active service and in July of 1941 they embarked from Halifax aboard the SS Orion for Great Britain and saw active service in the ETO with the 9th Bde,3rd Canadian Infantry Division landing in Normandy on D-Day. Regards Mark
  5. I thought I would share this rather interesting 1942 dated C.L/.C. that I recently added to my collection firstly it has a wonderful patina to the exterior of the helmet body and shows a good amount of wear that is indicative to a field worn example so it does indeed have that been there done that look I like so much in my helmets it is sporting a hand painted flash that denotes that the Soldiers was at one time appointed to the Instructional Cadre the ( A I ) flash on the side of the Mk II denoted the wearer as an Assistant Instructor and very likely would have taught at a training centres, school or perhaps at a Battalion level in Canada and or abroad in Great Britain helmets sporting this particular flash are extremely rare and this is only the third example that I have ever seen and IMO would have been covered over and or the flash removed once the NCO/Officer fulfilled his duty and moved on to another posting... Of duel interest is the shrapnel strike and or bullet strike on the side of the helmet body ( I am of the opinion it is a shrapnel strike ) which at one time had been covered up on the inside with what I believe would have been medical tape which I can only speculate would have been added to keep out the elements the strike does indeed raise some questions and while discussing it with a friend and fellow collector yesterday he did bring up an interesting point " was it a result of live fire training that got too lively, or did the occupant finish his time as an instructor with a trip to Europe? Soldiers sent over to England as replacements were placed in Reinforcement Units before being assigned to units and received on-going training there ". It was further suggested by the previous owner that perhaps after the soldier had finished his time as an instructor that he was indeed reassigned and would have simply covered the helmet with a net before shipping out to the Theatre of Operations... So many unanswered questions on this particular Mk II and one can only speculate as to how the damage happened and I am hopeful that a thorough hands on inspection might reveal the remnants of a name and or service number... Regards Mark
  6. Yes in my humble opinion the paint is post war applied I have never seen this particular colour of paint used pre 1952/1953 and I have a few Canadian Post war reworked helmets in my collection as per the example below... Regards Mark
  7. http://www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/8542-the-canadian-mk-ii-and-its-components/
  8. Imo Aaron is spot on on his assessment and the paint on the exterior of the helmet body was post war applied and would have been done so no earlier than late 1952 or early 1953 as the Canadian Military was at that time starting to under go with a restructuring and good portion of are equipment including helmets fell under the brush as it were and was repainted in either a gloss and or semi gloss OD green... The liner would have been manufactured by ( VMC ) the Viceroy Manufacturing Company and if war time produced will be date stamped on one of the liner cross bands more information can be found at the link below... www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/8542-the-canadian-mk-ii-and-its-components/ Regards Mark
  9. Aaron is correct of course as the majority of the time the decals and or war time applied stencils ie.. on some civil defence issued helmets will be found on the front of the helmet body...That said I do have a few Canadian examples in my collection were the decals have been affixed in such a manner as to be shown in the correct position the rim joint would have to be worn to the front.. As to the removal and or covering of decals I can think of a few situations that would warrant this activity such as the soldier has been transferred or is no longer a member of the particular arm of the services that used this particular flash on there helmets.. A friend and fellow collector has a Mk II helmet that was found with a strip of tire inter-tube curled up in the inside of the liner when he received it and only after carefully looking at the strip and comparing it to the helmet body did it become evident that the strip had been used to cover up the flashes on the sides of the helmet body. We determined as Aaron has previously mentioned was very probably for the purpose of enhanced security in the field of operations as then the flash would not be visible there for making it harder for the enemy to determine whom there opponent was ... Regards Mark
  10. Falklands War Era Argentinian M-1

    Many thanx for the reply Bart... Regards Mark
  11. I was quite pleased to finally be able to add a Argentinian M-1 to my shelf a while back Argentina started production on the M-1 in the early 1960´s the helmet's total weight is approx 1.250 grs, (shell 900 grs and liner 350 grs). This particular example should be dated from the mid to late 70´s, and as best I can tell the shell bares no "FM" mark and or heat stamp which from my understanding is quite common ... The liner is manufactured out of fibreglass; with the hard to find "FM" stamped sweatband and Riddell type cotton made suspension with fixed flat headed cooper rivets and all looks in the right configuration for an example from Malvinas war . The camo cover; is a wartime IMARA (Marines) woodland type one, dated in 1982 as indicated by the contract number. ARA marking on cover label means Armada de la Republica Argentina or Argentinian Navy.. It came with a very nice un-issued flat green jacket detachable hood, that were officially used as a helmet cover as well... Regards Mark
  12. I added this US late war M-1 C to my collection some time back . The liner is a late war production Westinghouse in the proper jump configuration it is sporting OD#7 A-Yokes and blackened brass A-washers the chin-cup is as well a later war four hole as opposed to the earlier war five grommet variation. Take note that the liner suspension has been torn which you will notice in the images below which as I started to delve into the world of M-1's I started to hear this is a fairly common occurrence as the sweatband shrinks and can put to much pressure on the webbing causing them to tear . Needless to say I have loosened off all the sweatbands on the M-1''s in my collection. This particular M-1 is a rear seam swivel bail with its original cork finish and is sporting a stainless steel rim the helmet body has at some time in its service life been re-painted as has the liner it is my understanding that these can be found in this configuration very late war and early post war alike. The production of the rear seam swivel bails started in November of 1944 and although the heat stamp is partially obliterated by paint I can tell it has a been stamped with the numerals 1116 which puts production in either late November or early December of 1944 the chinstraps are the longer para OD#7 with the press the stud fasteners for attaching the liner. IMO the net that came with the M-1 is a section of mobile equipment and or vehicle camouflage netting and looks to be proper WW II vintage as does the hessian and looks to have been woven through the net and added eons ago.The helmet body and liner bare the Identification and service number of a Robert M Edwards C company of the 504 PIR although very hard to tell from the images there is a flash and or mark painted on the side of the helmet body but it is impossible to make it out as it has been obscured by the repaint ... Regards Mark
  13. Thanx for the reply Bart I have some new information and images to add to the pinned thread..And will try and get this accomplished over the next few days as I am due to rotate out for days off starting tommorow. Regards Mark