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Helmet Mk III Black painted

Article about: G'day All Here's one I've had for lots of years, liner is 42 dated and I'm 100% sure its been replaced and the chin strap I just replaced with a later type Mk II helmet type. I can't find an

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    Default Helmet Mk III Black painted

    G'day All

    Here's one I've had for lots of years, liner is 42 dated and I'm 100% sure its been replaced and the chin strap I just replaced with a later type Mk II helmet type. I can't find any shell maker marks. What's the go with the black paint? (it's a bit dusty)
    Thanks in advance

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    I'm not sure about the black paint, but I do know a lot of the next model of helmet were painted black at the factory, 1952-ish dates usually. Perhaps this was reissued along the same lines after the war?

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    Quote by KradSpam View Post
    I'm not sure about the black paint, but I do know a lot of the next model of helmet were painted black at the factory, 1952-ish dates usually. Perhaps this was reissued along the same lines after the war?
    Cheers Mate that was quick

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    No worries, I just happened to refresh the top threads at that moment

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    I had three MkIII shells that came from Dutch CD stocks. One had a PTT decal on the front. Just a possibility.

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    Quote by mk1rceme View Post
    I had three MkIII shells that came from Dutch CD stocks. One had a PTT decal on the front. Just a possibility.
    Cheers mk1rceme,
    CD is civil defence yes? and PTT is the Dutch postal service yes?

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    Looks to be a BMB made one which means the date/maker with be vertical to the rim & about in line with the liner probably at the rear. If it was used post war for CD maybe black was a way of showing better who they were than being army colour?

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    Cheers mk1rceme,
    CD is civil defence yes? and PTT is the Dutch postal service yes?
    Your correct. Guess I should mention that they were all painted black.

    I stripped one of them and it still had the original brown paint underneath...with a Canadian service number written on the inside.

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