The helmet is a MK2...possibly a re-used Police one as the inside colour is the same.The flash is for the 56th (London) Division.I'm not entirely convinced the flash is original either...it looks too fresh compared to the rest of it.
Hi I saw this on eBay ,and as the others have said looks to be a pimped ex police helmet, I would send it back and get your money back ,as I expect you paid a premium for the side decal.
Thanks guys - confirmed even what a novice like myself already thought.
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That's interesting, I wouldn't have know that was a post war used Irish helmet , I would have just thought it was a war time civil variant. Thanks for posting that.
There are two things that can turn a £10 "clunker" into a £250 "must have" - a "camo", or a "div" badge. The fakers know this and are busy as we speak