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Home Front RAF MKII Helmet.

Article about: Hi guys, just thought I would share my latest Home Front arrival. Not as exciting as the Observer Corps helmet, but still a nice complete 1940 dated MKII grade 3 lid! Leon.

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    Hi guys, just thought I would share my latest Home Front arrival. Not as exciting as the Observer Corps helmet, but still a nice complete 1940 dated MKII grade 3 lid! Leon.
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    "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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    You seem to have the bug for Brit lids Leon, well done. Dumb question but why is this RAF? Because of the colour?
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Hi Jerry, well that's what I want it for, I think the RAF used black and tan helmets too, but I wanted a blue one! 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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    As it's not a military grade helmet (Mk2No.1) I doubt if it was used by the RAF.
    Mk2No.2 B,C,D, all came factory finish grey.

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    Thanks for that Tinlid, so if I wanted to get a true RAF blue helmet at some point I would need to find one without the "holes" in then? Forgive my ignorance as I am a Third Reich collector as a rule, I am fine with German helmets/decals etc, but this Home Front gear is a new venture in which I need to learn a lot!! 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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    Its a very nice home front helmet, but yes you need one without the holes.

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    Quote by tinlid View Post
    As it's not a military grade helmet (Mk2No.1) I doubt if it was used by the RAF.
    Mk2No.2 B,C,D, all came factory finish grey.
    Which is why I asked Leon. I have previously heard that both the RAF and the RN used homefront lids for home front use but I have not seen any evidence for this.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    As a rule the armed services were issued the same helmet with textured paint to the outside, & khaki in colour from 1938-41/42.
    No doubt some of these might well have been repainted black or battleship grey for the navy, & blue for the RAF.
    & as this picture shows were Mk2 No.1 ( grade one helmets) with smooth black paint, while some of the others seem to be textured under the black.
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    Quote by tinlid View Post
    As a rule the armed services were issued the same helmet with textured paint to the outside, & khaki in colour from 1938-41/42.
    No doubt some of these might well have been repainted black or battleship grey for the navy, & blue for the RAF.
    & as this picture shows were Mk2 No.1 ( grade one helmets) with smooth black paint, while some of the others seem to be textured under the black.
    Thanks for that Tinlid, a great piece of information, cheers, 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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