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British Mk2 "desert camo"

Article about: Hello friends, to your attention this British Mk2 desert tan: Shell RO&CO FZ II /1940 Liner TTC II /1940 for me it is a first equipment for troops destined at north african theater, for

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    Hello friends,
    to your attention this British Mk2 desert tan:
    Shell RO&CO FZ II /1940
    Liner TTC II /1940
    for me it is a first equipment for troops destined at north african theater, for the tonality used and because it had a unique camo painting sand color outside, while inside is standard Army color.
    I think this camouflage was used in Africa and during the first period of the italian campaign: Pantelleria, Sicily..and Salerno, but in this case in limited quantities, together with other in darker color, or in sand with brown spots.
    It seems interesting and I would like your opinions.

    Thanks
    Roberto

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    PS: I've always been very interesting at the war in the desert and in Italy; I share with you this comparison, our Mk2 with two "old enemies" original of period: on left a italian M33 helmet and on right a italian tropical helmet mod. 1928.
    Are three protagonist of the great african battles.
    For accurately, the mod. 1928 belonged to a veteran of the East African campaign of 1935-36, but it was widely used until El Alamein.
    I hope it is for you a good vision.

    cheers

    British Mk2 "desert camo"

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    Hi Roberto, The first troops out in Africa late 30's /1940, would most likely have been issued the Mk1*
    Yours is a nice army with standard khaki green textured paint, not a camo.
    Here's a selection of army Mk2's, all vary in colour due to where they have been stored for the last 70+ years. Plus also how they were treated when in use.
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    Nice tan painted helmet, I super condition as well, thanks for showing it. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    thanks for explanation tinlid!
    a question please: this color was used generically in all fronts during the period when it was in use?

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    Hard to tell the true colour of the lid, in most the exterior looks a dirty tan but in the 2nd pics, the close up of the chin strap lug rivet, it looks standard greyish green.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Aaron is quite correct - a standard Army helmet as used on all fronts from 1938 onwards.

    Nice display of military MKIIs Aaron !

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    Thanks Steve, one i think is now yours.

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    Quote by tinlid View Post
    Thanks Steve, one i think is now yours.

    Really? which one ?

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    Was it the fourth picture with the name and number on the outside?

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