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#1 bamascvreb

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:13 PM

I think this may be an italian hat but not positive. Cleaning out closet and came across it. Also not sure of period so any thoughts appreciated.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:13 PM

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:14 PM

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:43 PM

It looks like a WWII Canadian Mk III helmet also called the turtle helmet...definitely not US though so they’ll close this thread 


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:54 PM

Got it thanksdidnt think it was US but not positive. Please close thread if needed

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:56 PM

It is actually a British Mk III Helmet, and that particular model was never manufactured in Canada.   It was also never called a Turtle Helmet.   It was used by the Canadian Army for a short time during the SWW.



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Posted 02 February 2020 - 08:31 AM

It is actually a British Mk III Helmet, and that particular model was never manufactured in Canada.   It was also never called a Turtle Helmet.   It was used by the Canadian Army for a short time during the SWW.

not looking to argue, and you are correct about it being a British made helmet but it was issued to the 3rd Canadian Division for D-Day and it is often called a “turtle” helmet by many collectors due to its shape, it was never an official term of course. 
 

in any case they are an interesting addition to any Commonwealth military collection. 



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Posted 02 February 2020 - 10:31 AM

Interesting discussion,

 

but best to continue it here on our World Militaria Forum

 

Here's a direct link to the WMF UK & COMMONWEALTH NATIONS Section, I would encourage all of our members to sign up there and post their non-USA items for discussion.

 

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