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Belgian M1949

Article about: hi guys ,ive been after a nice example of the british mk11 clone for a while now and then this cropped up and just had to buy ,the liner stamp also states 1949 its in superb condition but my

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    hi guys ,ive been after a nice example of the british mk11 clone for a while now and then this cropped up and just had to buy ,the liner stamp also states 1949 its in superb condition but my question to you is about the chinstrap ,have you ever seen this elasticated type fitted before ,i can only compare it to my british ww2 warden helmet i have ,normally the m49's have a solid chinstrap it looks to be vintage to the helmet any thoughts thanks james Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by James C; 06-26-2014 at 08:03 PM. Reason: misspelt title

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    A nice Belgian helmet Col.
    Not sure about that chinstrap though, the one that I used to have did not have the spring tensioned strap
    that this one has, it had a long, completely elastic type strap.

    Brad.

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    did the Belgians ever use British or surplus helmets from Britain? if they did then the answer would be yes it's correct for the helmet, in the post WWII years they would have made use of any extra chin straps in the supply in my opinion

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    thanks battlegear i also believe what you say is true and as its a very early model i wouldnt be surprised if it was a surplus british mk11 painted up in belgium livery the chin strap definately looks period to the lid and not just a later addition i will have to look very carefully over the inside in better light for any maker stampings

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    The British MKII's didn't have the sunken recess for the liner screw on top as far as I have seen,
    only the Belgian clones.
    So I would doubt that it is British surplus at all.

    Brad.

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    fair comment brad ,maybe its just wishfull thinking on my behalf ,but i will say the elasticated chinstraps and buckle is identical to my british warden helmetClick image for larger version. 

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    Quote by col james View Post
    fair comment brad ,maybe its just wishfull thinking on my behalf ,but i will say the elasticated chinstraps and buckle is identical to my british warden helmetClick image for larger version. 

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    I bought this one guess mine is just normal then. Have not seen such chinstraps on the site where I buy my lids mostly.

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    a small update to this helmet ,im not really one to muck about with helmets but the thick repaint was annoying me and so i wanted to try and take it back to its original period coating and in the process exposed the entire belgium tricolour flag which had been badly cut in when repainted ,im very pleased with the result as for the liner is dated 1949 and also 1950 and bears the ABL stampClick image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by James C; 05-29-2014 at 10:47 PM.

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    hi
    a nice one
    " battle gear " 's right
    belgium army used, after the war, a lot of surplus items from the us and british army.
    it must be a early model with the chinstrap ( ww2 ) and the painting flag, we don't see it a lot.
    the current model have a decal for the flag

    cheers, hughes

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    Nice job James!
    So what did you use to take the paint off?
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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