I came upon this little grouping earlier in the week and thought I had better act on it before it vanished in to someone else's collection other than mine
This particular BD and helmet were acquired from the family of the vet the BD is attributed to the Royal Canadian Artillery 5th Light Anti Aircraft and is dated to 1943 it is sporting cloth divy's for Italy and canvas unit and Canada flashes I will post the BD up in a different thread.
The camo painted Mk II is rather an interesting helmet there is a lot going on with it the shell is British manufactured but would appear to have a smooth finish so IMO not a standard army issued Mk II as I do believe they should be textured not as up on my Brit lids as I am on Canadian ones so hopefully someone can set me straight on this one .
This Mk II was produced by (EC&CO Ltd) E Carmeliant & Co Ltd Birmingham and is 1940 dated now here is were things get rather interesting it is sporting a 1942 dated VMC liner and a Canadian war time period chinstrap of course there is no way to tell 100% when this conversion was done period or early post war but there is period evidence in the form of images to support this type of camo pattern was worn in the theater of operations in Italy and or South western Europe.
The liner and chinstrap look to have been in this helmet for many years and IMO the camo looks good and shows some nice aging and patina I would love to know how and were this helmet came to be in this configuration but feel this information for the most part will be beyond my reach
So all I can do for the time being is speculate unless I can get some details on the service man that it belonged to I shall post up and add more images of my own once it arrives in the post