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.
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.