First developed in 1915 by John Leopold Brodie, the Mk 1 helmet is an iconic symbol of the British army from both the First and Second World Wars. In 1938, a new version of the Brodie was developed and pressed into service during the ramp up for WWII. The Mk. II steel helmet was made from a non-magnetic manganese steel with a stainless rim. Over 12 million of these helmets were carried around the world throughout the various combat theaters and many more were produced by commonwealth countries. This example is fitted with the Mk II liner introduced in 1939 with solid rubber buffers that are attached with a retaining screw, as opposed to rivets, to expedite the manufacturing process. This liner is dated 1941.
The chinstrap is a khaki web material with the springy type attachments and is intact complete with all mounting hardware and buckle. The liner itself has period wear and is becoming brittle in some areas with a few tabs detached from the drawstrings. I have packaged the loose pieces to include with the helmet as someone may choose to attempt to reattach them. The finish of this helmet is a light sand/khaki color with a rough texture.
Apart from the expected scuffs and scrapes it is in excellent condition and displays beautifully. A wonderful piece of Allied WWII history in great condition!