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Yellow MK6 Helmet

Article about: Hi all. Picked this up the other week at Malvern and thought that it might be of interest to some as I have not seen another. Unsure what it could be for, possibly for training, or some sort

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    Hi all. Picked this up the other week at Malvern and thought that it might be of interest to some as I have not seen another. Unsure what it could be for, possibly for training, or some sort of sentry duty? The label has come loose but was luckily still present.
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    That is a very interesting piece, I have never seen a yellow painted Mk 6 before, and I am not aware of the colour significance relating to any service branch of the British army?

    The paint job does not appear to be a recent thing, which makes me think it might date back to the 1992 period for this helmet...complete mystery but that is an aspect I appreciate about these type of helmets.

    I am not basing this theory on facts, but for some reason I get the feeling it might have been used in the RN services, as I can not imagine that is would be used in the Army???

    Thanks for sharing this mystery helmet.

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    very nice james just a theory but i reckon there is a possibility this might be from the first gulf war ,i have a few referance pictures showing the british army wearing painted helmets without desert covers if this is right perhaps the tan overpaint has yellowed over the last 20 odd years ,just a thought ,cheers for showing james

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    Thanks for the thoughts guys. Regarding use by the RN, I did have an idea that perhaps it may have been used on a flight deck, however I believe the helmets they use are different.

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    You also find some times range safety officers wear yellow painted helmets

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    Hmm, if I'd seen that first at Malvern you might not have got it...and then *I* would be wondering what it was for. Oh, hold on, I am anyway.

    I'm not convinced by the idea of a 'camouflage' overpaint, because the colour seems more akin to internationally-known wanring/safetly helmet colours than anything else, and I would also think that a tan overpaint would have darkened to a brown rather than yellow (that's intuition, not science, please note).

    I did wonder about for example heavy transport/loading, or even the Army Air Force ground crew, and I like Kradman's Range Safety idea. I tend to think its more in that sort of area. Unless of course it was just some idiot with a can of yellow paint and a clever idea. The world may never know.

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    Yes, unfortunately, although this is not an old item, it's purpose may never be known. I do think that this paint job has been applied to the helmet along time ago and am inclined towards the rear echelons/ training theories. Either way, it displays well with my others

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    yellow is usually a sign of SAFETY or caution, could it be a helmet worn by a heavy equipment operator? like a bulldozer driver or demolition crew like Combat Engineers?

    yellow is also a color often used for Ordnance , maybe it was used by EOD? Explosive ordnance disposal?

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    Hi battle gear i am at the moment based with the Royal Engineers and they dont wear yellow painted helmets for plant work or EOD work but i have seen them worn by shooting range safety officers as painted helmets or with yellow helmet covers

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