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How to identify Mk.I, Mk.I* or Mk.II Shells?

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    Very new to collecting these as I am, can somebody please explain to me how to differentiate between Mk.I, Mk,I* and Mk,II shells?

    Also, whilst I am familiar with the manufacturer stamps, what do the other stamps mean such as the '61' and the 'I' on this?

    regards


    Martin
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    The 61 will be the steel batch number,it could also have been just letters. Your helmet is an Mk2, but they have carried on with the I above the 1940, whereas it should be II.
    Mk1* helmets are refurbished Mk1 helmets, mostly done 1938-39. They are stripped down to just bare metal, repainted, new Mk1/2 chin straps & lugs, & new Mk1/2 linings.
    Just below this topic is one on the Mk1*.

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    Aside from being on this forum, here's a couple of sites that will help guide you and have some nice images.

    The Brodie Helmet and its derivatives - The Brodie Helmet Reference Website
    MKII Components

    'Tin Hat for Tommy' is the best...or should I say only, dedicated Brodie helmet book out there.....somebody please correct me if there is a better one, it doesn't seem to be easily available in the UK though
    Amazon.com: Tin Hat For Tommy- History of the British Brodie Helmet: Prints: Posters & Prints

    Steve

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    Two excellent links, thanks.

    Martin
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