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1945 dated MKIV Helmet

Article about: Hi all. So the story goes, i was in a surplus shop, picking around their piles of helmets, when i noticed this (well) used and abused helmet. I figured it was just another MKIV that had been

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    Hi all.

    So the story goes, i was in a surplus shop, picking around their piles of helmets, when i noticed this (well) used and abused helmet. I figured it was just another MKIV that had been well used and abused, and just for grins i decided to take a look at the year. I was rather surprised to find that the shell was dated 1945, as to my knowledge at the time the MKIV helmet was produced well post war. I decided to purchase it in a lot of other stuff, so the total cost of this helmet comes to well under $10 USD.

    Certainly not a “museum” piece, and not particularly rare in hindsight, i still figured i couldnt really go wrong for the price paid. Sits on my shelf with my MKV, Canadian MKII, and British MKII with repro liner.
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    EDIT: Sorry for the dressings being included as well. Not sure how that happened.
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    A nice untouched Mk4,meaning it hasn't been repainted olive drab (50's repaint) & still has the original dark brown.
    They were only made from late44/early45 until Jan'1946, although I've never seen a 46 dated one. Probably never will.
    The soldiers service number on the strap I think is for 1951-55, so probably sat in stores until that time.
    The price of these varies, sometimes they sell for as little as £30-45, others £70-80, but you got a bargain.

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    Wartime examples are well worth picking up and as Aaron mentioned good that it has not been repainted. A bargain at the price paid, though I have to say they are an ugly looking helmet to my eyes.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    Wartime examples are well worth picking up and as Aaron mentioned good that it has not been repainted. A bargain at the price paid, though I have to say they are an ugly looking helmet to my eyes.
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    Ok settle down Jerry although not the prettiest girl at the prom they start to look rather good after a few barley pop here is my 45 dated example for comparison.

    Regards Mark K
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    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Well worth the $10!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Whoa ! $10 for a unpainted 1945 Mk.IV.

    Well Done !

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    Thanks guys. It certainly isnt the prettiest (either in its current shape or overall ) but I figured for the price I couldn’t go wrong.

    Certainly “been there and done that” regardless of wherever that is!

    Based on its feel and texture, i would imagine it spent some time in the desert.

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    They do grow on you after a while I have three MK 4-5 in my collection dating from 45 -52 with one MOD early 70's retro fit I need to acquire a Mk III to round my collection off .

    Regards Mark K
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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