Original WWII British - Canadian MKIII Refurbished Paratrooper Helmet with Net
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice refurbished example of the WWII MkII Paratrooper helmet, as used by British and Canadian forces. It features original paint on the shell, an original WWII issue helmet net, and most of the internal parts are original. The leather liner however was replaced, and glued to the original foam, which is now somewhat deteriorated. The chin strap appears to be original, but is probably an unissued replacement.
The MK III began to replace the MK II helmet in February of 1944. The MKII was not widely issued until September 1944, although some were used by the 6th Airborne Division during the Normandy Invasion in June, 1944. The MkII helmet saw widespread use when the Division fought at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden and was also issued to the Polish Parachute Brigade.
The chinstrap and leather cup are present and in great condition. The helmet retains about 99% of its outside paint. The net is also in very good condition. The liner comes complete with all padding and suspension strap, though the leather portion has been replaced. The yellow foam is more typical of Canadian manufactured helmets. Warman's World War II Collectibles price guide values fully original examples of this type of helmet as high as $1,700, but you will many times see them listed for over $2000.
This helmet is in very nice condition, and would make an excellent addition to any collection.
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