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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.

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    Nice to see an early date on the helmet, but the reason for this is the helmet has been refurbished post war with olive drab. Stripping the khaki green textured paint that would have been there,which would make the reading of date/maker very hard.
    Liner does not look like a ww2 one.

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    That's what I suspected for the liner.
    What about the manufacturing date? Trial sample?

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    No, first trials of 500 Mk3 helmets were carried out in August and September 1941. Yours I expect is the first of proper production of the Mk3.

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    So the usual information giving November 1943 as the beginning of the MkIII production would be off by at least 5 months?
    Or am I missing something?

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    Quote by Manusniper View Post
    So the usual information giving November 1943 as the beginning of the MkIII production would be off by at least 5 months?
    Or am I missing something?
    There is nothing indicating this helmet wasn't made with the standard batch in 1943. The other numbers are batch numbers and only the 1943 has any indication of the actual time for the helmet being made. I also have to agree with what PhantomGuitar said, this one has a reproduction liner and screw, still a very nice helmet.

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    Thank you for your replies.
    I was confused by the batch number configuration, reading it as a complete date 1/6/1943.
    Now that makes sense for me.

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    ...I think the closest we get to per-helmet info is the old War time Quality Control stamps on the liners....that's about as specific (and personal) it gets at the production stage....until you find a handwritten owners name somewhere then it's off to the records!

    ...still a nice helmet....

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