British MkIII Turtle pattern helmet
Article about: Hello Ade, Here's a post war Turtle given to me by a friend who found it in a garage. Mk IV 1954, manufactured by CCL. Do you know who CCL were? Cheers, Guy.
07-01-2015, 05:20 PM
Well I am not going to argue with you guys as I have nothing else to add to my original post and you are clearly more knowledgeable than I . Can someone enlighten me as to the meaning of A00?
07-01-2015, 06:28 PM
The AOO is most likely the steel batch number, here's a picture of a BMB 1944 made Mk3 shell, the steel batch number is WO3. Another W68
07-01-2015, 07:01 PM
My problem here is that A00 is not any kind of number. If it was A01 it would be a number, and both of those examples have a number and manufacturer and model number MKIII.
07-01-2015, 07:21 PM
It can be all letters or numbers, still no date or maker name near it?
07-01-2015, 08:26 PM
Here is a zoomed out picture, still no name or mark. I can see the reason for scepticism but I do have a lot of British helmets already (only one other more conventional MKIII with the brown textured paint) and it was a 'In the hand purchase'. I would not of bothered you guys with it if I hadn't felt it was 'different'.
07-01-2015, 09:14 PM
As the letters are vertical to the rim it will be a BMB made shell.
The standard paint finish for all military helmets in 41/42 was textured khaki green, I see no reason why they would not have used that same colour on the trial Mk3.
Early Mk3's 43/44 are textured khaki green.
07-03-2015, 03:37 PM
07-03-2015, 04:28 PM
It's a Mk4, shell might be a 1945 dated one, but most likely 1950's. Have you a pic of the rim join & also the service number on the strap.
07-03-2015, 06:09 PM
07-03-2015, 07:32 PM
It's an BMB made shell, date/maker name will be vertical to the rim 2-3" either side of the rim join, mostly.
The service number on the chin strap is for soldiers who served from 1950-)Oct' 1955.