Original U.S. WWII Navy USN MK2 Talker Flak Helmet with Headset and Microphone

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The MkII "Talker" helmet was developed in 1942 for naval personnel, allowing communications headgear to be easily worn under the helmet. It was a very large and somewhat ungainly helmet to wear though it did serve its purpose very well. It was designed to accommodate wearing headphones for Radiomen or anyone using shipboard sound-powered phones.

The Mk-2 was manufactured by the McCord Radiator Company in Detroit Michigan; the "Arsenal of Democracy. Its composition is non-magnetic Hadfield manganese steel. In addition to accommodating headphones, it also provided a great deal of protection to the wearer. The bowl is so wide it even provided some coverage to the shoulders of the sailor who was underneath it. Painted sea blue the Mk II, like the Mk I, has cork applied with the paint to provide a textured, non-reflective surface. Nicely marked on the inside rim USN and MK-2. . Also included is a complete chinstrap (typically missing).

Most interesting of all is a very rare complete MI-2045 Headset that is complete with earphones and chest microphone. The data plate on the bakelite chest housing reads:


SERIAL 209100

SPEC. R17T23

These helmets have become much harder to find lately, especially genuine WW2 examples with a complete undamaged liner and legible markings.

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