Some WW2 British hats and helmets

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:11 am

    Here's my meager collection of British headgear from WW2. Nothing special, but growing all the time.

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    MkII dated 1941
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    MkIII 'Turtle shell' un-dated and needs a liner, but it's a WW2 one. This is the model that took the MkII liner with the screw instead of the Lift-the-Dot.
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    MkIV 'Turtle shell'. This one is dated on the liner 53, but the price was right and it's identicle to the 1945 model with the Lift-the-Dot liner.
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    Some WW2 British hats and helmets MkIVb

    Black Beret. Made by Kangol Wear Limited. and dated 1944. Has a South Staffordshire badge and a Lt. pip.

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    Officer's OD wool peaked hat
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    Post by Edward T. on Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:09 pm

    Awesome collection of British headgear!

    I never knew there was a way to tell WWII turtles from post war ones. Very Happy
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    Post by Brigade Piron on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:12 am

    The chinstrap is also fixed in a different position between MK3 and MK4,5,6 etc
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    Post by Dolan on Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:59 am

    Neat collection you've got there!
    Is that cap in the last picture ww2 or ww1? It just looks older...
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    Post by Tyler Flint on Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:25 pm

    nice Smile
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:06 pm

    Dolan, it's A WW2 one. Just has a wierd shape. There's a metal piece made up to fit in the peak. It's odd to say the least.

    Tyler, thank you. It's not much as most my collection is US stuff, but I pick up things as I come across them. I've got a couple more to get pics of now, but my good camera is MIA.

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    Post by Tyler Flint on Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:16 pm

    Hahaha MIA camera Razz I have 2 brodies one first and one second world war.
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    Post by Mk1rceme on Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:14 pm

    Very nice collection of British steel!
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    Post by Jerry B on Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:59 pm

    The last cap is an OR's from the metal buckles on the chinstrap. The OR's SD cap was worn by a few units still by WWII though since then only the Guards and RA still wear them for OR's. I could not make out the badge on it.
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    Post by edstorey on Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:29 am

    Nice collection of headdress. There should be no mystery behind the differences between a Mk III and Mk IV helmet as there has been so much written and documented about these helmets in the last 25 years. Besides the date stamp, manufacture's initials and size which was stamped into every liner, the chinstrap colour, manufacture and rivet placement are obvious indicators of helmet type. As has also already been mentioned, a 'Lift the Dot' fastener securing the liner to the helmet is a good indicator that the helmet is either a Mk IV of Mk V.

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