Lets see your favorite worn Canadian/Commonwealth helmets with nice aged patina

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    Lets see your favorite worn Canadian/Commonwealth helmets with nice aged patina

    Post by kozowy1967 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:27 am

    Gents to me there is nothing more pleasing than adding a new helmet to my collection and I am a sucker for examples that are either a little salty,field worn or have a nice used patina about them here are a couple of favorites from my collection the first up is a 1942 C.L./C. that has been brush over painted in a desert tan it has taken on a nice deep rich patina due to natural aging handling and use.




    The second one is a bit of an odd duck it is a 1940 RO&CO that was used post war by the Norwegians there are still remnants of the lion and shield decal on the front which makes it very odd as most of the time this flash is seen mounted on the side the other odd bit on this helmet is it is sporting a Greek post war refitted liner there has been some discussion this helmet may have ended finishing it's service life in Greece I bought this one because I loved the well worn patina on the shell.





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    Post by LSR on Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:26 pm


    How about this one: RASC

    Or this one: RCAMC

    Both well used and left behind in Holland.
    The Canadian one had a repaint in a somewhat darker shade of green

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    Post by Van doos on Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:17 pm


    My helmet with a flash from the Van Doos. The shell is marked Fisher and Ludlow 1940 and you can still see a two  tone camouflage.

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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:27 pm


    believe this is possibly a Free French helmet, not 100% sure , has a flash on either side and remains of a yellow marking on the front,

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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:29 pm


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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:33 pm

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    this one is British made early 50's, interesting heavy texture camo, green/olive chinstrap

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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:36 pm


    RASC British, sorry have shown this one before,

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    Mk III

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    Post by lorne19 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:00 pm

    Nice one Van doos, I think I've seen this one before Wink

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    Post by Van doos on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:01 pm

    Hi Lorne!

    Yes it's the same.  2 thumbs up 

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    Post by kozowy1967 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:22 pm

    Thanks Gents some mighty fine lids being shown here this is one more from my collection a 42 C.L./C. flashed to the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers IMO the helmet was used post war.


    This one has been banged about some but is still one of my favorites 41 C.L./C. flashed to the Regimental Police



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    Post by edstorey on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:38 pm

    From the 1960s.


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    Post by kozowy1967 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:42 pm

    Nice helmet ED I would consider this one a top shelf item in my collection 2 thumbs up 

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    Post by thegate on Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:31 am

    Hello, for me, there are 2 helmets which I like very much.
    Here is.




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    Post by Cameraguy on Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:44 pm

    Tunic came with but here is the helmet. I just wish I could find the photos of the regiment in action with same helmet camo.


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    Post by kozowy1967 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:49 pm

    A very intresting Mk II indeed love the striped camo pattern 2 thumbs up 
    Thanks for posting your examples as well gate flashed Mk II's are getting quite scarce

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    Post by kozowy1967 on Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:58 am

    I almost never see flashed examples here in Western Canada Gate.

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    Post by kozowy1967 on Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:03 pm

    Cameraguy wrote:Tunic came with but here is the helmet. I just wish I could find the photos of the regiment in action with same helmet camo.
    You must have moved this on some time ago as I have added this Mk II to my collection and it came with a 43 dated BD to the 5 Canadian LAA with canvas divy patches thought to have been used in Italy and or SW Europe.

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    Post by Cameraguy on Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:57 am

    Hey Mark.! Yes sir,it is no longer in my collection. Glad you got the set,it is a nice few pieces.

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    Post by kozowy1967 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:07 am

    There are quite a few period images of this particular swirl camo pattern being used in Italy,S,W, Europe and Sicily by units of the British Army but I have as of yet not been able to find period evidence that supports this particular pattern was ever adopted by The Canadian Army in the ETO and or the Mediterranean theater of operations  .
    This of course is not to say that this Mk II was not used by a Canadian soldier as anything is possible won it in a crap game, bought from a Brit serviceman,battlefield pickup,possibly it was part of a trade between soldiers there are endless scenarios all speculation of course.
    It is a very interesting Mk II the helmet body it self is British and was produced by EC&CO Ltd and is dated 1940 it is sporting a 1942 VMC liner and a Canadian war time issued chinstrap and as previously mentioned came with a 43 dated BD flashed to the RCA 5 LAA the unit saw active service in Italy .
    The image below is thought to have been taken in Sicily notice the similarity in the pattern with a much darker tone being used.


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    Post by Van doos on Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:32 am

    kozowy1967 wrote:There are quite a few period images of this particular swirl camo pattern being used in Italy,S,W, Europe and Sicily by units of the British Army but I have as of yet not been able to find period evidence that supports this particular pattern was ever adopted by The Canadian Army in the ETO and or the Mediterranean theater of operations  .
    This of course is not to say that this Mk II was not used by a Canadian soldier as anything is possible won it in a crap game, bought from a Brit serviceman,battlefield pickup,possibly it was part of a trade between soldiers there are endless scenarios all speculation of course.
    It is a very interesting Mk II the helmet body it self is British and was produced by EC&CO Ltd and is dated 1940 it is sporting a 1942 VMC liner and a Canadian war time issued chinstrap and as previously mentioned came with a 43 dated BD flashed to the RCA 5 LAA the unit saw active service in Italy .
    The image below is thought to have been taken in Sicily notice the similarity in the pattern with a much darker tone being used.


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    Hi Mark!

    I have in my collection a British MKII helmet with a flash of the Van Doos. The helmet shell is 1940 dated and it's british made. You ould see the same camo pattern ( I think it was call Mickey Mousse pattern ). Tow different tone of green paint was use to create the pattern. I know it's difficul to see it on the picture.

    I have no picture of these helmet in use by the Van Doos in Sicily or in Italy but it was use in England at the biginnig of the war. In the book '' Le Royal 22e Régiment'' from Serge Bernier, you could see a picture taken in Englan in 1940 during a excersise and most of the man in the picture carried the same helmet.






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    Post by kozowy1967 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:23 am

    Morning Van Doos I have seen your Mk II before and rather like it myself as to it being used in country early on in 1940 I consider this only one possibility you are of course referring to the quite times otherwise known as the Phoney War.
    I agree at this time there was a lot of experimentation going on in country with different camo patterns the Mickey Mouse Pattern only being one and a good many different colors being experimented with as well the colors that were used are a pretty good indicator of what theater of operations the camo was intended for I am not completely convinced though that this pattern did not see service in the actual ETO .
    As I can show a few period images to support that this particular pattern or one very close to it was used by Canadian Soldiers with in a few days of the D-day beach landings It would be extremely helpful if they were in color of course but such is life I am still researching patterns and colors that were adopted by the Canadian Army so it is on going here is one such image I found taken on Juno Beach and IMO would have been taken with in days of the D-day beach landing.  

    Well we are on the subjects of Camos here is another that I recently acquired from a member of the forum as part of a trade it is a 1941 dated C.L./C. steel lot batch # 33 it is sporting a 1940 dated VMC liner in a size 6 3/4 .



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    Post by Cameraguy on Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:28 pm

    kozowy1967 wrote:There are quite a few period images of this particular swirl camo pattern being used in Italy,S,W, Europe and Sicily by units of the British Army but I have as of yet not been able to find period evidence that supports this particular pattern was ever adopted by The Canadian Army in the ETO and or the Mediterranean theater of operations  .
    This of course is not to say that this Mk II was not used by a Canadian soldier as anything is possible won it in a crap game, bought from a Brit serviceman,battlefield pickup,possibly it was part of a trade between soldiers there are endless scenarios all speculation of course.
    It is a very interesting Mk II the helmet body it self is British and was produced by EC&CO Ltd and is dated 1940 it is sporting a 1942 VMC liner and a Canadian war time issued chinstrap and as previously mentioned came with a 43 dated BD flashed to the RCA 5 LAA the unit saw active service in Italy .
    The image below is thought to have been taken in Sicily notice the similarity in the pattern with a much darker tone being used.


    Regards Mark

    I had a picture of this helmet being worn by Canadians in England doing coastal duty. I will try to find and post it asap.

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    Post by kozowy1967 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:48 pm

    Thanx I would love to see it nothing beats period images.

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