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This helmet is an original British Mark II and was made by Rubery Owen & Co Ltd of Leeds. The steel is dated 1940 on both the shell and on the chinstrap bale.

The restoration is based off helmets worn by the famed Samodzielna Brygada Strzelców Karpackich or Polish independent Carpathian rifle brigade. This was a unit made up exclusively of Polish ex-pats who served under British command in North Africa

The helmet was fully stripped of Post-War paint then repainted the proper shade of British olive brown. A coat of tan British vehicle paint textured with desert gravel was sprayed over the factory finish for camouflage. The Polish flash was applied with hand, carefully duplicated from an original example.

After painting and proper curing, the helmet was heavily distressed to look and feel original. There is a great over-all patina giving anyone who handles this helmet the impression that this helmet might have actually seen service at Tobruk.

The helmet has been fit with with an original size 7 liner, dated 1940 and maker marked Brigg Motor company. The chinstrap is a modern reproduction but has been heavily aged to look and feel original.

Polish worn Mark II helmets are exceptionally rare. Few survived the war intact. Here is your chance to fill that hole in your collection with the next best thing.


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