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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:35 AM

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:36 AM

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:37 AM

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:39 AM

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:48 AM

I have added additional covers since I did this chart. If you need info on a particulat cover / contract let me know and I will see if I have any data.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:49 AM

If you have additional covers or info please add it.

I would prefer to keep the ERDL and Woodland Covers as a separate thread if you have info on them.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:02 AM

Chris Arnold, author of "Steel Pots" reports a pattern that has foliage slits around the crown but none in the "flaps". And it does NOT have the post war inkstamp markings so the assumption is it's late war. You have to be careful since sometimes this pattern is a result of a faker using ink dissolver removing the 1953 dated markings. But I own an example which I believe to be legit. In my experience. these tend to have a darker green base color than the earlier war covers.....they look a lot like the 1953 pattern.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 09:59 AM

Hi everyone, thanks for the subject and the photographs in the posts above.

About six years ago I had around 100 or so original unissued camo helmet covers for sale ( all gone sorry). They were all still folded and bundled ( 20's I recall ) and tied up as at the day of manufacture. They were second pattern, in that they had the slots around the head for foliage, but they also had a single slot in each of the fold under ' ears', the blueprints for this pattern are dated Sept 1942. There is no slot for the chin straps, the Marines would have had to cut this theirselves, also there was no EGA ( eagle ) stamped on it either side. what you may also be able to see from the attached photo is the variations in the colors of the spots and the backgrounds as different bolts of cloth were used. ( Lewis )

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 12:27 PM

Hi everyone, thanks for the subject and the photographs in the posts above.

About six years ago I had around 100 or so original unissued camo helmet covers for sale ( all gone sorry). They were all still folded and bundled ( 20's I recall ) and tied up as at the day of manufacture. They were second pattern, in that they had the slots around the head for foliage, but they also had a single slot in each of the fold under ' ears', the blueprints for this pattern are dated Sept 1942. There is no slot for the chin straps, the Marines would have had to cut this theirselves, also there was no EGA ( eagle ) stamped on it either side. what you may also be able to see from the attached photo is the variations in the colors of the spots and the backgrounds as different bolts of cloth were used. ( Lewis )


I assume that was where Military Marketplace got the stash of those they sold during that time period. I was fortunate to be at a militaria show where a collector was selling off his USMC items among which was one of those covers. Still mint but since it had a very minor flaw (probably manufacturing) to the edge stitching he sold it at a very reasonable price even for the time.....cheap by today's standards. :) Those are among the nicest USMC camo helmet covers I've ever seen anywhere.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 12:35 PM

Hi ken..yes i did..I remember myself and Greg (Marine_Kabar) talking about those years ago ...also the Austrailian made ones too.

The debate on those Aussie Made covers still continues

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 10:04 AM

seeking info on how the MP letters were aplied to helmet covers for field use in vietnam.. are they a sort of felt material machined on? If so, what are the dimensions of the lettters?

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 12:25 PM

I have not seen any applied on the Mitchell cover before. What I have seen have been without covers and applied directly to the helmet but I am far from an expert on it.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 08:47 AM

I will try and dig out one of my Vietnam era helmet covers with "MP" on it. Basically just stenciled on in black letters from what I remember.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:07 AM

I will try and dig out one of my Vietnam era helmet covers with "MP" on it. Basically just stenciled on in black letters from what I remember.


MP helmets were painted and stenciled, no covers were used.
In the field, no MP markings were used at all..and a standard mitchell patt helmet cover was worn.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 01:56 PM

I'll post pictures as soon as I dig the thing out. Def. not a repro tho. Now, that's not saying it's not something that was used in Germany, CONUS, or where-ever, but the MP letters are def. stenciled on the helmet cover. I acquuired about 15 of these back in the 1980's, and have one or two left.


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