Canadian MkIII helmets, British Dispatch rider's helmet, MkI AB 805 helmet

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    flying pig
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    Canadian MkIII helmets, British Dispatch rider's helmet, MkI AB 805 helmet

    Post by flying pig on Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:01 pm

    I posted this accidentally in the WWI section, mods if need be I will go back there and delete the other post...

    Hey everyone. Brand new here and thought I would show my Canadian helmets and my British dispatch rider's helmet (I hope showing the Brit helmet is alright).

    I've been collecting gear and helmets for a year now but my main focus has been on Allied rifles and their accessories, and Canadian gear.

    Here we go!










    This one is my current favorite. Here's what I think I know so far, it has the screw in style liner dated 1945 V.M.C., the high rivets, and a post war chinstrap. Also has possible original paint and a post war net. The shell has no visible maker's mark. My favorite Canadian helmet!





    This one I picked up from a friend in BC. Its marked AB 805 which he figured was a post war Canadian airbase. I've never really looked into it thought to prove it yay or nay. The shell is marked G.S.W MkI 1941. The liner is quite dry and I've never disassembled it to look for other marks.











    British dispatch rider's helmet. Hopefully it was OK to post this one here! This one I just picked up at a local gunshow of all places. Very interesting helmet as well. Built by Briggs, with no visible date. I havent really had time to look into the history on these, to be honest I never really thought I would find one.









    This one is my second example of a MkIII. This one has a size 7 1945 CCL? liner in it, post war paint and chinstrap.


    I can't wait to hear your guys' input on these pieces. I've been putting off joining a forum like this for too long, the gun sites just don't cut it for gear collecting!

    Thanks in advance and hope to have a great and enjoyable stay here!

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    Re: Canadian MkIII helmets, British Dispatch rider's helmet, MkI AB 805 helmet

    Post by leprechaun on Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:17 am

    Haha there we go, welcome to the forum!
    great lookin helmets!

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    Post by edstorey on Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:57 pm

    You have some nice helmets.

    Here are a few that I own.






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    Re: Canadian MkIII helmets, British Dispatch rider's helmet, MkI AB 805 helmet

    Post by mk1rceme on Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:25 pm

    Great looking helmets! I have a fondness for MkIII's myself.

    The first one reminds me of some Israeli MkIII and IV's I've seen before...same color paint. I'll see if I can find a photo.


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    Post by flying pig on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the comments guys! Dale, you are thinking it may have last been Israeli issued? That's kind of neat in itself if it was! The lighter color on top is where the outer layer of paint has been worn off.

    So far I have only been collecting as issued pieces, the saltier looking the better. Even my rifles have seen some crazy miles. One has parts from LSA, BSA, Ishapore and Enfield, another has possible Indonesian ownership marks and an Ishapore screw, as well as the tropical green paint job under the wood. I love 'em for what they are!

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    Post by Cameraguy on Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:27 am

    "So far I have only been collecting as issued pieces, the saltier looking the better. Even my rifles have seen some crazy miles. One has parts from LSA, BSA, Ishapore and Enfield, another has possible Indonesian ownership marks and an Ishapore screw, as well as the tropical green paint job under the wood. I love 'em for what they are!"
    YUp!

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    Post by mk1rceme on Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:54 am

    Geez, I can`t seem to locate the pics of the Israeli forces using this color variant of MkIII anymore...there use to be a website with hundreds of pics of post WWII Israeli conflicts, but I cannot find it now. It has been a few years since I saw it but I`ll keep looking.


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    Re: Canadian MkIII helmets, British Dispatch rider's helmet, MkI AB 805 helmet

    Post by flying pig on Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:24 pm

    Its ok if you can't find it, I believe you Wink

    Quite the combo of gear they had over there eh?

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