British Para/Dispatch Helmets

Brit Para #9 - Shell is an original post war MkII para shell in very good condition. When acquired it was painted in a smooth glossy green paint on the outer and what might have been the original olive-drab on the inner. The original felt dome pad is still in there but the original skin (gas cloth) was missing and has been replaced. No factory stamps are evident. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. The liner is an original and has been refurbished at some time. The leather sweatband is not factory marked and is likely to be a replacement. The rubber padding appears to be the early HSAT yellow breed. The outer band is aluminium. The cotton suspension is an olive-drab colour instead of white. Therefore, this liner is a bit of a mix and match. The liner has brass chinstrap hangers and mounting bolts. The chinstrap is an original, khaki webbing type with brass fittings. The chin cup still retains the chamois insert. An original British, purpose made, WW2 small mesh net has been fitted. $440 AUD

Brit Para #39 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. The shell is stamped inside as BMB MK2 239 53. The shell had an exterior re-painted and textured olive-drab finish outside and the original dark olive-drab factory finish inside. When acquired, the shell was furnished with a MkIII lift-a-dot liner and an elasticized chinstrap. The shell was stripped, converted to a para shell; primed then painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new rubber bumper pad has been fitted. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG) along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked WPG 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a good quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The liner would match, in quality, a CCL or BMB liner from the factory. The web chinstrap is an original of Canadian surplus. It is green in colour with a nice chamois chinstrap. The helmet has been fitted with an olive drab cam net. This RAC/tank helmet has been converted/refurbished to resemble a MkII para circa 1944 onwards. Para wings in white on black have been stenciled on the left side. $350 AUD

Brit Para #40 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. It is factory stamped inside one end - BMB (twice) 0342 C42. The shell has been modified to resemble a 1944 MKII para. It was stripped to bare metal, modified, primed and painted in olive drab with a textured outer surface. A new bumper pad has been installed. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG) along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked WPG 1943 7 3/8 (size 59cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The web chinstrap is a post-war original which could be a Canadian surplus type. It is green in colour with a chamois chin cup. The helmet has been fitted with double cam nets dark and light olive-drab. $350 AUD

Brit Para #42 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. It is factory stamped inside one end – ROC RA MA 1954. This shell retains 95% of its original olive-drab paint, both inside and out. The original lift-a-dot liner was present as was the original elasticized chinstrap. The liner was marked 7 CCL IV/1954; it will be used in another helmet. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG) along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked WPG 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The web chinstrap is a post-war original which could be a Canadian surplus type. It is green with a nice chamois chin cup. The helmet has been fitted with an olive-drab cam net. $350 AUD

Brit Para #43 HSAT FR - The shell is an original 1942 Helmet Steel Airborne Troops (HSAT) with a Fibre Rim. There are no factory stamps evident. When acquired the shell resembled several other examples I have seen which have been camouflaged identically whilst in Australian Service. It seems large numbers of HSATs made their way to Australia at some time. This example and several others I have seen have been painted externally in jungle green; then Australian 1960s (Vietnam era) sweat rag cloth has been stuck to that paint and trimmed; then jungle green and black paint camo was applied over the top. The external surface on this helmet was much deteriorated but showed clear evidence of what I have described. The shell is cracked at front and rear; I am not able to stabilize this with weld due to risk of wrecking the original fibre band. These cracks have been evident on many HSAT shells I have seen; they will have been squashed sideways for this to occur. Other than the cracks, the shell is in good condition. The cracks have been filled with epoxy resin. The shell has been stripped back to bare metal, primed and painted in a light olive-drab with a textured outer. A new foam bumper pad has been installed. The original liner was present when acquired. It was in very poor condition except for the leather sweat band. Though the sweat band is darkened by use, it is in fair condition with the markings BMB 7 1942. It is still attached to the cloth webbing. The rubber padding was perished and the alum band damaged. The liner has been refurbished with new foam and alum band from What Price Glory (WPG). The original four brass mounting bolts have been retained along with the original brass chinstrap hangers. As was quite often seen, this helmet was period modified for a web chinstrap to be fitted in lieu of the leather type. The helmet has been fitted with the original web chinstrap with which it was acquired. $790 AUD

Brit Para #45 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. It is factory stamped inside one end – P09. When acquired it had about 70% of an olive-drab paint outside in poor condition and about 85% olive-drab inside. The helmet was stripped to bare metal, converted to a para, primed and repainted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A new bumper pad has been fitted. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from SOF in Wales with brass mounting bolts. It is marked BMB 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers also from SOF. The green web chinstrap is a post-war surplus Canadian original. It is in great with a chamois chin cup. The helmet has an original Australian made WW2 era, small mesh net fitted. $350 AUD

Brit Para #46 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. It is factory stamped inside one end – BMB MK2 C345 55. The paint was in poor condition inside; it was hard and difficult to remove; there was a little bit of rust pitting in the crown. The outer paint was thick and tar like; on the crust it was hard and dark; beneath it was olive-drab with gritty texture. The shell was cleaned to bare metal, converted to a para, primed and then painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from SOF in Wales along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked BMB 1942 7 1/4 (size 58cm but feels like a 57cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF also. The green chinstrap is of post-war surplus. It has a nice black chamois chin cup. The helmet has an Airborne Pegasus decal on the left side and has been fitted with a great net; two tone olive-drab; original Canadian surplus, heavy duty cotton thread. $380 AUD

Brit Para #47 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. It is factory stamped inside one end R06 MA RU 1954. When acquired it was painted in a nice, brush painted, smooth olive-drab. The shell was stripped to bare metal, converted to a MkII para, primed then painted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from SOF in Wales along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked BMB 1942 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF also. The green chinstrap is of post-war surplus. It has a nice black chamois chin cup. The helmet has an Airborne Pegasus decal on the left side and has been fitted with a great net; two tone olive-drab; original Canadian surplus, heavy duty cotton thread. $380 AUD

Brit Para #48 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. There are no factory stamps evident. When acquired it was painted in probably its original olive-drab which was faded and weathered. The shell was stripped to bare metal, converted to a MkII para, primed then painted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer. This helmet has been fitted with an imported reproduction para liner from SOF in Wales along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked BMB 1942 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with blackened brass chinstrap hangers from SOF also. The green chinstrap is of post-war Canadian surplus. The helmet has had a green camo pattern applied along with an original WW2 small mesh cam net fitted; net has a hole in the mesh; I’ve left it as is. Also fitted on the net is original WW2 helmet scrim in light and dark shades of olive-drab. I have cut the original 2 inch wide strips in half and in six inch lengths. This helmet represents a circa 1944 British MkII para helmet in combat livery. $380 AUD

Brit Para #49 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. It is factory stamped inside one end BMB MK2 C207 53 (Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd). When acquired it was painted in a textured white externally and its original olive-drab inside. It also retained its original lift-a-dot liner and elasticized chinstrap; these have been recycled for other use. The shell was stripped to bare metal, converted to a MkII para, primed then painted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer. A new bumper pad has been installed. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from SOF in Wales along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked BMB 1942 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a quality para liner and has been fitted with blackened brass chinstrap hangers, also from SOF. The green chinstrap is of post-war Canadian surplus. The helmet depicts one belonging to the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade (Polish). It has the Polish Imperial Eagle painted at the front and an original, British made, WW2 small mesh camo net has been fitted. This old net really smells of Q Store. $380 AUD