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WW2 British Paratrooper Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops MkII 1944

WW2 British Paratrooper Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops MkII 1944

$1,375.00
Product code: 31

Availability: SOLD

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WW2 BRITISH PARATROOPER ‘HELMET, STEEL, AIRBORNE TROOPS MKII' MADE BY BRIGGS MOTOR BODIES LTD (BMB) IN 1944 - SIZE 7¾ AND MARKED WITH THE DROP ZONE (DZ) FLASH OF 562 PARACHUTE SQUADRON RCT (V). This is a very good original example of a British manufactured Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops Mk.II’ manufactured by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB) Ltd in 1944. The helmet is still fitted with its original helmet liner and chinstrap and is almost certainly one of those issued to British Airborne Troops during World War 2.

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WW2 BRITISH PARATROOPER ‘HELMET, STEEL, AIRBORNE TROOPS MKII' MADE BY BRIGGS MOTOR BODIES LTD (BMB) IN 1944 - SIZE 7¾ AND MARKED WITH THE DROP ZONE (DZ) FLASH OF 562 PARACHUTE SQUADRON RCT (V).

This is a very good original example of a British manufactured Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops Mk.II’ manufactured by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB) Ltd in 1944. The helmet is still fitted with its original helmet liner and chinstrap and is almost certainly one of those issued to British Airborne Troops during 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 This was superseded by the MKI, and later the MKII.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 British, Canadian and Polish paratroopers wearing the helmet during WW2. A good example of a 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 twice during its service life. Traces of the original olive drab textured painted finish remain under the darker post war green that may indicate the helmet was employed during the Suez Crises of 1956. The shell is patinated consistent with age and use and is painted with a drop zone (DZ) flash indicating that the helmet was used by a soldier belonging to 562 Parachute Squadron RCT (V).  The back edge of the shell is marked with a painted number 35, probably a quartermaster’s number.

This helmet was produced by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB) Ltd in 1944 as evidenced by the stamp on the liner (see photograph) BMB 1944 and the large size 7 ¾ inside a shield motif. 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 leather bracing, webbing straps (dated 1943 with a War Department broad arrow ownership mark) and a leather chincup are in well used original condition. The helmet is fitted with its characteristic leather and webbed liner, with a thick sorbo rubber ring on the inside edge of the helmet. The interior crown 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, date and size shield. The liner is fixed by three screws. The helmet has not been repainted, restored or refurbished.

This British Second World War Paratrooper ‘Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops Mk.II’ is a very good original example of its type. A genuine British ‘Para’ Helmet, you won’t find better.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.5000
Country of Origin British
Pattern Airborne Troops MkII 1944
Maker Briggs Motor Bodies
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1944