Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

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    kozowy1967
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    Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by kozowy1967 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:46 pm

    Gents I came across this unusual camo Mk II helmet a few months ago and found it had a very interesting paint scheme .
    My own thoughts are the liner and securing bolt looks to have been untouched since it was painted and IMO it is unmessed with but the camo pattern has me scratching my head some hmmm 
    I have spent the last couple of months trying to find other Mk II's that have been camo painted in the same fashion and I am not having much luck.
    I can say with out a doubt that the shell the liner and the chinstrap are Canadian and it was manufactured from manganese as it is non magnetic which would denote it as a combat grade shell there are no markings visible on the shell and it would appear to have one time being texture painted as there is still evidence of the original texturing under the black paint
    Any one ever see a Mk II painted in such a fashion before or seen any period images of a camo similar to this one in use any thoughts,opinions and or suggestions would be appreciated.








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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by kozowy1967 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:08 am

    Upon doing a little more research on the helmet body I can confirm by the flattened heads on the chinstrap lug retaining rivets and the spot welds on the rim joints that I can rule out C.L./C. and AG/C. as the manufacturer this of course only leaves G.S.W.
    Just thought I would give the thread a little kick start to see if there were any other opinions on the camo pattern it has been suggested possibly used in Holland 44-45 but I can find no period evidence to substantiate this claim or that this particular pattern was used in any theater of operations for that matter any thoughts and or opinions would be appreciated.

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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by clem01 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:14 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Just my opinion, the colour makes me think about a use in the RCN or RCAF (white marks to identify a ground unit, number 7...) ?

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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by kozowy1967 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the response Clem I had considered the possibility of the numeral 7 in the beginning but did rule it out as the proportions on some of the white lines do not seem correct to me as both lines seem near the same in length and the one on the top of the helmet is in reverse.
    The other thought was as you mentioned a Navy helmet I had considered a Navy Disruptive pattern as seen on some WW I ships .
    I have found a pattern some what similar used by the Swiss as a Winter disruptive pattern the difference of course being the brush strokes are much wider


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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by Jonhno on Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:33 pm

    its an interesting looking helmet that's for sure, cant comment on who or when it was used,

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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by kozowy1967 on Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:47 am

    Thanx for commenting John as stated it is an interesting helmet I am starting to lean towards it possibly being a Navy helmet nothing to go on and no evidence to support my theory but the camo pattern almost reminds me of surf and or breaking waves in a bit of a ruff sea all speculation of course.
    I may never find another example like it but I have come upon some other interesting camo patterns and images of period camo painted Mk II helmets along the way so the search has not been with out reward.

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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by tremblay07 on Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:40 am

    Its a very nice helmet ,maybe ask a navy vet?

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    Re: Odd Canadian Mk II with black and white camo scheme

    Post by kozowy1967 on Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:03 am

    I will try and make some enquiries at the Nanaimo Military Museum when I get home to the Island next month we have quite a few Navy vets retired and living in the area thanks for your input.

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