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Posted 5 years ago


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Rare WWII British transitional MKIII steel helmet. Dated 1945. The British MKIII helmet was introduced in 1944, to start replacing the older style MKII helmets. The MKIII still retained the screw fixing in the top to attach the liner, and the chin strap rivets were placed quite high on the side of the helmet. The later MKIV helmets had the chin strap rivets placed lower, and a lift the dot liner retention system, this enabled the liner to be changed by pulling up a flap inside, without having to fiddle about with a screw. This helmet has the lower chin strap rivets, and the new lift the dot liner fixing, as should be on the MKIV, but is still manufactured as a MKIII, quite rare in the circle of helmet collecting.


  1. tinlid, 5 years ago
    The Mk3's were produced from 1943 until early 45, the Mk4 started production in early 45 until January 46. Yours was probably a blank shell dated & named but then put into the Mk4 production line. They don't come along that often, I have some pics of one made by RO&CO ET III 1945.
  2. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking, BELLIN68, miKKoChristmas11, JueBoo, blunderbuss2, walksoftly, kerry10456, and tinlid. Thanks for the info tinlid, I just did not want to get too technical on CW so I did not go ito too much detail. I will re phrase the above; MKIII's were mostly introduced in 1944 with priority going to troops in operational areas and embarking on D-Day. After trials over the previous two/three years, and acceptance of the design an initial oreder was placed with Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd at Dagenham, and production started in November 1943, an order of 500,000 being placed. However due to a shortage of higher grade steel required, only about 300,000 were completed by January 1944. What baffles me is that this helmet was being produced by Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd in 1945, when they were now producing the MKIV, buts were still stamping MKIII in the helmet at the same time as dating it in the new MKIV era. Did someone forget to change the stamping die. Remembered to change the date though. lol
  3. tinlid, 5 years ago
    Like I said I reckon this helmet was date & maker stamped in 45 but did'nt get to be a Mk3 as the shells they had made then went into being the Mk4. There was obviously that cross over time from the Mk3 to the Mk4. A bit like the MkI & Mk2 liners where you see them stamped MkI but they are in fact a Mk2 liner. By the way there were 3 makers of the Mk3, BMB, RO&Co & F&L.
  4. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks tinlid.
  5. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking PhilDavidAlexanderMorris.
  6. pickelhaube, 3 months ago
    According to wikipedia the chin strap dates from post war, earlier straps had a sewn end rather than the metal clamp seen here, also brass metalware for buckle and bales backs this up. Nice uncommon lid all the same.

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