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WW2 British Para 1st Patt. ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops MkII’

WW2 British Para 1st Patt. ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops MkII’

$1,750.00
Product code: 34

Availability: SOLD

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An early 1st Pattern WW2 British Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops MKII' made by the highly sought after manufacturer G&S in 1943 - size 6 3/4 and still fitted with an original British Airborne Pattern camouflage net. 

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An early 1st Pattern WW2 British Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops MKII' made by the highly sought after manufacturer G&S in 1943 - size 6 3/4 and still fitted with an original British Airborne Pattern camouflage net. 

This is a very good original example of an early 1st Pattern British manufactured Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops Mk.II’ manufactured by the rare and highly sought after maker G&S in 1943.  The helmet is still fitted with its original helmet liner and chinstrap and is almost certainly one of those issued to British Airborne in World War 2.

British airborne troops were first issued with their own pattern of helmet in 1941. The first type, known as the ‘P’type helmet, was short lived and was subsequently replaced by the standard ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops’. This was superseded by the MKI, and later the MKII. These three later types utilised a similar shell, but the first featured a black rubber fibre band around the edge and with leather harness (issued July 1942). The MKI retained the leather harness but deleted the fibre band, replaced by a stainless steel rim (issued October 1942).  The MKII, of which this helmet is an example, had the leather harness replaced by canvas webbing (from February 1944).

The MKII was not widely issued until September 1944, although some were used by the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy in June.  It was in widespread use when the Division fought at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden and was issued to the Polish Parachute Brigade. Attached to this listing are a couple of pictures showing paratroopers wearing the helmet during WW2. A good example of a British ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops Mk.II’ is held in the collection of the Imperial War Museum as item number: UNI 7936 and can be viewed online at: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30091198 .

This particular helmet, which is in good original condition, shows clear evidence of having been painted at least 3 times during its service life.  Traces of the original olive drab textured painted finish remain on the rim as well as the later dark green and is patinated consistent with age and use. The helmet is fitted with the correct close meshed British Airborne Pattern Camouflage Net.

This size 6 ¾ helmet was produced in 1943 by sought after manufacturer G&S as evidenced by the stamp on the liner (see photograph).  The original helmet lining shows significant wear which is not unusual given that these helmets remained in use with the British Army until the 1980’s.  The early 1st pattern leather bracing, straps and chincup are still supple and in outstanding original condition. The helmet is fitted with its characteristic leather liner, with a thick sorbo rubber ring on the inside edge of the helmet. The interior crown has a rubber pad and is fitted with four tan web straps and a tie string for fit adjustment. The metal webbing fittings were made from brass with an olive drab finish. The leather sweatband is stamped with the manufacturer’s initials. The G&S liner is correctly fixed by four screws, not three like the 2nd Pattern, with the characteristic twin rear fixing screws.

This early 1st Pattern British Second World War Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops Mk.II’ is a superb original example of its type.  What really makes it special however is the fact that it's an early 1st Pattern type with leather straps and a rare and highly sought after four screw G&S manufactured, 1943 dated liner.  A genuine WW2 British ‘Para’ Helmet, you won’t find better.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.2000
Country of Origin British
Pattern Airborne Troops MkII
Maker G&S
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1943