This British mark II helmet is dated 1940. The shirt was stamped BMB indicating the shell was made by Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd of Dagenham.
The helmet was fully stripped of all post-war paint then repainted the correct shade of war time British olive brown. The helmet’s restoration was inspired by helmets worn Polish volunteers during the North Africa campaign. The outside of the shell was over-sprayed with coat of yellowish tan paint. The wet paint was textured with desert gravel to create an anti-reflective finish. The Polish flash was hand rendered like the originals were.
The helmet has been heavily distressed to look and feel original. The finish has taken on a slight pink hue a discoloration due to spending hours in the scorching North African sun. Each scuff and scrap given to this helmet was done to reflect the conditions and original would have gone through.
The helmet is fit with an original 1941 dated liner, and is size 7 1/4. The chinstrap used here is the first pattern version. It is a quality reproduction, aged to match the helmet.
Polish volunteer helmets like this are quite rare, as few survived the war. If you’d like to complete your North Africa front collection. This is the helmet for you.