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WW2 Canadian / Australian Brodie Pattern Steel Helmet Mk.II - 1941

WW2 Canadian / Australian Brodie Pattern Steel Helmet Mk.II - 1941

$245.00
Product code: 80

Availability: In stock

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AN ORIGINAL CANADIAN PRODUCED, AUSTRALIAN OR NEW ZEALAND USED SECOND WORLD WAR BRODIE HELMET, STEEL, Mk.II MANUFACTURED IN 1941, AND FITTED WITH ITS ORIGINAL LINER. THE HELMET IS FINISHED IN ITS UNRESTORED WARTIME TEXTURED OLIVE GREEN PAINTED FINISH.This is a ‘museum quality’ example of a Canadian made version of the British Pattern Helmet, Steel, Mk.II manufactured during WW2, in 1941.  The helmet is still fitted with its original Mk.II helmet liner and Mk.II Chin Strap Lugs & Mk.II Strap and is almost certainly one of those issued to British and Commonwealth troops (including Australians) during World War II.

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AN ORIGINAL CANADIAN PRODUCED, AUSTRALIAN OR NEW ZEALAND USED SECOND WORLD WAR BRODIE HELMET, STEEL, Mk.II MANUFACTURED IN 1941, AND FITTED WITH ITS ORIGINAL LINER. THE HELMET IS FINISHED IN ITS UNRESTORED WARTIME TEXTURED OLIVE GREEN PAINTED FINISH.This is a ‘museum quality’ example of a Canadian made version of the British Pattern Helmet, Steel, Mk.II manufactured during WW2, in 1941.  The helmet is still fitted with its original Mk.II helmet liner and Mk.II Chin Strap Lugs & Mk.II Strap and is almost certainly one of those issued to British and Commonwealth troops (including Australians) during World War II. 

In 1938 a new helmet was introduced into service which was designated Helmet, Steel Mk.II.  The dome and rim were less circular than its predecessor, the Mk.I, and it was more cleanly pressed from non magnetic manganese steel with a stainless steel rim.  A superb picture is attached of a ‘Digger’ of the 2nd AIF showing off his German and Italian memento’s in North Africa in 1941 wearing his Helmet, Steel, Mk.II.  A number of similar helmets are held in the collection of the AWM, the most well known being the one worn by Lieutenant H R Syme RANVR.  That helmet which is listed as item REL/00985.001 can be viewed at: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL35407/ . Many of the 2nd AIF 'Diggers' who returned to Australia from North Africa and the European theatre in 1942 and after continued to wear their British made Mk.II's in the Pacific in preference to the home produced Mk.I as they believed it provided better protection. This is probably true as it was slightly heavier and better made than its Australian manufactured equivalent.

As Roger Lucy in his excellent online Brodie helmet reference describes; Production of the Mk.II helmet began in the UK in 1938.  Procurement of Canadian derivative of the British Mk.II began in January 1940, and by 1943 over 1.1 million helmets had been produced by three Canadian manufacturers: the Canadian Lamp Company of Windsor, General Steelwares and Aluminum Goods of Canada (both of Toronto).  The Canadian Mk.II was made of non-magnetic Hadfield manganese steel and retained, throughout the production run, the features of the British pattern, as it was in late 1939, with the square Mk.II lugs, the web and springs, the Mk.II chin-strap (with a finer weave than on British chin-straps) and the wide brass Mk.I lining securing bolt with its domed nut.

Helmet bodies were marked with the manufacturer's details, the year of manufacture and the batch number or letter. Canadian Lamp Co shells bore the marking C.L./C. and a number. General Steel Wares and Aluminium Goods used the logos G.S.W. and A.G./C. and a letter to indicate the batch. As the official Canadian designation for the helmet bodies was ‘Body Mk.I to Helmet, Steel Mk.II.’, GSW stamped Mk.I on its helmets. All Canadian linings were made by the Viceroy Manufacturing Company of Toronto and are stamped with the size, model date and the company logo V.M.C.

This example is still finished in its original olive drab colour which although aged is in near mint condition.  The helmet is excellent as are the original Mk.II helmet lining and chinstrap which are both correctly marked.  The helmet shell is stamped G.S.W. G Mk.I 1941, indicating that this helmet was manufactured by General Steel Wares in Toronto as part of the 7th batch in 1941.  The helmet has not been restored, re-painted or refurbished.

From Australia, this Canadian manufactured version of the seminal Second World War British and Commonwealth Helmet, Steel, Mk.II is in museum quality condition. The original paint finish has an excellent used patina.  If you are after a really good unspoiled example of a genuine WW2 Brodie, this helmet is it.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.5000
Country of Origin Australian, British, Other
Pattern Helmet, Steel, Mk.II
Maker G.S.W.
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1941