WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

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WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:25 am

I am pleased to show you the most recent addition to my helmet collection the Australian WW2 Mk2 Brodie style helmet. This particular example highlights the age old classic debate in the collecting world of which is best, new unused and unissued or the example that's been there done that. Of course the answer to that question is each to his own and this helmet leans heavily to the latter.

We have the classic Australian standard issue helmet of the second world war. Issued to troops serving in both the North African and Pacific campaigns.
Despite already owning several of these helmets I was drawn to its condition and patina, both of which leaves no doubt that this helmet was no desk queen.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:32 am

Please check closely the wear, dents and the undulations in the edge of the helmet :thumbsup:
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:38 am

The condition of the chinstrap is displaying similar wear and while badly worn is still intact and compliments the presentation of the helmet nicely.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:43 am

You usually find the model and date of manufacture on both chinstrap bales. In this case II 1940.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:50 am

As you will find in all versions of the Brodie helmet, tension on the chinstrap is provided by a spring covered by a cloth sleeve on both sides of the chinstrap. Many of these are found broken with no spring or tension remaining as in the case of this one. A real bonus if you find one that has one or both still functioning :thumbsup:
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:03 am

The liner is the earlier style with the rounded sponge crown cushion rather than the later plain rubber cross. The rexine cloth liner shows some wear particularly on some edges but otherwise is in good shape. The liner is manufactured by Dunlop, size 7 1/4, manufactured 10/40. Every liner I have seen made by Dunlop seems to have this white/cream colour.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:10 am

The following two photographs will show the difference between the earlier liner with the sponge crown cushion and the later rubber version found on MK2 and MK3 helmets.
Firstly the sponge crown cushion.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:13 am

And the rubber version.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:17 am

Thanks for taking the time to study and dissect with me this great example of the Australian Mk2 Helmet :thumbsup:

Regards Mark.
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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Dave_Holden » Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:37 pm

Excellent information as always Mark. I am always surprised at the thin materials of these helmets. Would different commonwealth countries have different thickness materials?

The wear on this helmet adds to it and certainly looks like its seen action. Certainly the chin strap should stay with this helmet as original, its adds to this great helmet.

Thanks as always Mark for an excellent post.

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Re: WW2 Australian 1940 Mk2 Helmet

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:22 pm

Thanks for the feedback Dave.

Would different commonwealth countries have different thickness materials?

As far as I've seen they are all much the same. Having a rolled edge might give the feel and appearance of a helmet being thicker but either way suffice to say they don't give the sort of protection that many may think.

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