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    Good morning
    I am french, my english is not perfect...
    I possess a helmet that I have bought as australian because it has no rim arount the edge. I had not studied it more because of that
    I have recently read that England has also made helmets without rim during the second WW, in 1941, for the Home Guard, by BMB
    I have discovered that the liner of my helmet is BMB 1/1940 size 7
    You can see with the photos, the screw, the liner, the chinstrap
    Red stripes on the chinstrap, before the springs, on the both sides, above and under, and a rest of a little piece of paper taken in the seam
    No letter or number on the chinstrap lug
    The chinstrap is amagnetic
    On the edge of the metal, beside the lug, I read, difficultly, "1941", "1" above and nearby nummers, perhaps "420", perhaps something other but impossible to read under the painting
    Is it really a Home Guard helmet or an australian or other?
    If it is a BMB, I am astonished that the carving in the metal is so bad, usually the BMB carving are very clear
    And why a liner of 1940?
    Thank you for your help
    Georges

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    Hi Georges and welcome to the forum. The helmet does appear to be a 1941 dated BMB homefront UK made example. No problem with a 1940 dated liner, just using up old stock I expect.

    In future can you post pics directly to the forum using the site uploader rather than use image shack.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Adding the images this time. Two of them are a bit small to be clear as to what they show.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    A British BMB made 1941 dated Mk2, the only ones the British made during WW2 without the rim as far as I know, there is one with a rolled edge.
    During early 1941 it was agreed to use a certain number of BMB made Mk2 No.1 helmets but without the stainless steel rim, they were for home use only. You see a lot of these helmets were used by the NFS, they are quite often sold as WW1 helmets too.
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    Quote by tinlid View Post
    A British BMB made 1941 dated Mk2, the only ones the British made during WW2 without the rim as far as I know, there is one with a rolled edge.
    During early 1941 it was agreed to use a certain number of BMB made Mk2 No.1 helmets but without the stainless steel rim, they were for home use only. You see a lot of these helmets were used by the NFS, they are quite often sold as WW1 helmets too.
    Thank you very much
    Now, with a photo of a carving which looks like the mine (and more clear), I have a certainty
    Now I must look for an australian helmet, in Europe if possible...
    Georges

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    On the other side of your helmet Georges, here's a Australian Helmet being sold as a British home front one.
    Although the paint looks good, I never buy a helmet that's been repainted on the inside as well, so any Australian experts seen this before on one of their helmets. Also is the nut & bolt ok, I always thought Australian ones were the large type. Also is the chin strap Aussie or British?
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