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M36 SD Quist with an almost perfect head shot

Article about: Hi Harry The Mole, I agree your damage does appear to be period damage and I suspect from something other than a bullet as there appears to be damage just below the entry hole. Just trying t

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    Default M36 SD Quist with an almost perfect head shot

    Here's a helmet I picked up on the local market in Earlestown a few months ago. it looks like the liner has never been removed.

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    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    I think you meant to say m35 in your title, but nice relic lid! It's almost all there

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    Nice one Harry ( an M35 though) and looks like the blood from the bullet strike rotted out the leather.You can see some of the original tan colour at the edges.

    Cheers, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    lets just hope it inst haunted by the man who was wearing this helmet.

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    Great find Steve, i'll have to get my ar*e to Earlestown!..
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Oh my god - what an arsehole! I do indeed mean an M35. In defence, I had my 2 year-old grandson screaming down my lug. he wanted to see the man who nearly gets hit by the Spitfire. if you've not seen that clip - google it!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    A super relic with a tale to tell Steve , nice find! 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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    Nice one, Steve!

    Luke

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    Hate to spoil things but during my time in the army back in the 70's, sometimes during range work we provided head shots on war time lids for a particular collector in our unit. On one occasion during sniper training I refused to put a 7.62 round through an original WW2 German para helmet. I wonder how many of these old lids are now being passed on as originally damaged?

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    Don't worry, you're not spoiling anything at all. Close examination of the aluminium liner band shows that it has damage commensurate with entry from a missile. I do not claim the hole is from a bullet. Looking at the hole it would appear that the missile entered on an upward trajectory, and all damage appears to be period damage. The helmet was recently excavated, and so I think it is safe to assume that the damage is period damage.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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