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Chin strap lugs, & chin straps.

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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.

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Due to the large loops at the end of the Mk1 chin strap, complaints were received that chin strap easily slipped off. This Mk1* helmet has had it's Mk1  lugs clipped, probably to stop this happening.

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As stated the Mk1 chin strap easily slipped out of the Mk1 chin strap lug, so during June 1937 a new chin strap was called for. The Mk2, & also a new chin strap lug, also called the Mk2. This new lug measured 30mm x 22mm,  was also non-magnetic, & was fitted to the helmet body by the same 9.5mm domed snaphead rivet.

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The Mk2 chin strap lug was also fitted to private purchase helmets, they were fixed by two types of rivets. One a split rivet, the other a non domed normal rivet.

  

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During February 1939 a new chin strap lug was developed, the Mk3. Stainless steel, measuring 19mm x 28.5mm, the new lug  was designed to enable the chin strap to be removed more easily.

This version was also fitted to the Mk1 & Mk2 HSRAC,  Mk3 & Mk4 helmets.

Some, not many are dated & marked III.

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The Mk1 chin strap, with it's very distinctive large brass end loops, 25.5mm x 12.75mm.

The Mk1 & Mk2 side by side.

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Mk2 chin strap.

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The Mk2A chin strap which is made of  cheaper magnetic metal as apposed stainless steel & brass.

They are stamped with either an M or asterisk  and were used only on  the home front.

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This chin strap is sometimes seen on Mk2 No.2's, home guard. Although it is non-magnetic & would be allowed on the Mk2 No.1.(military issue)

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The Mk3 elasticated chin strap, issued from March 1941.

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The Mk3A, Like the Mk3 which was an economy measure to do away with the stainless steel springs, the Mk3A was an economy measure to reduce the rubber content. Only the two ends are elastic.

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Well done and thank you very much for posting all this here Aaron, it is much appreciated.

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Although the Mk4 & quick release straps were not used as such on the Mk2 helmet, I feel they should be shown here.

 The Mk4, as used on the Mk4 helmet alongside the Mk3 strap. It differes from the Mk3 by having an brass fitting on the end.

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Not sure of the correct name for this strap, but among collectors it is known as the quick release strap.

 Like the Mk4 strap/helmet very doubtful the quick release strap & Mk2 HSRAC that it was used on  saw service during WW2.

 

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