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Unusual WW2 mkII tommy helmet with rolled edge

Article about: WW2 British mkII helmet with rolled over edge, the first of this type i have ever seen.Helmet is painted in rough texture paint inside and out, very much like WW1 paint.manufacture marked ?c

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    Default Unusual WW2 mkII tommy helmet with rolled edge

    WW2 British mkII helmet with rolled over edge, the first of this type i have ever seen.Helmet is painted in rough texture paint inside and out, very much like WW1 paint.manufacture marked ?c & c ltd.liner is dated 1941.shell has two small holes punched in rim.unsure if WW1 mkI. OR WW2 manufacture
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    Default Re: Unusual WW2 mkII tommy helmet with rolled edge

    I believe the holes denote helmets not deemed suitable for front-line combat soldiers and were constructed of a milder steel. These would typically end up in the hands, or on the heads of the Civil Defence forces. Yours may be a Home Guard helmet but I'm sure some of the guys on here with better knowledge will put you right.

    Ian.

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    I believe you're correct, Ian. If I remember correctly, the number of holes denotes the amount of abuse the helmet can endure. The less holes, the more heavy duty the helmet is suitable for.

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    These helmets are extremely rare to find, I think I've seen 3 in the last 4-5 years & they were in bad condition.
    It is as said, one of the grade 2 helmets for use on the home front only, even rarer that it is painted khaki green textured paint for the home guard.
    The way the rim is done is called a Dutch bend, the maker of the helmet looks like E. Camelinat & Co Ltd.
    Nice helmet

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    Default Re: Unusual WW2 mkII tommy helmet with rolled edge

    Thank you for info on manufacturer and rarity, I though probably home guard issue with the two holes, first one I have seen.cheers Nathan

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