C012482 KOREAN WAR VINTAGE BRITISH MK IV COMBAT HELMET.

BACKGROUND: The MK III helmet was designed due to the lack of protection from horizontal projectiles offered by the MK II helmet. Experimentation was done with reshaping the MK II to offer better protection for the temple and back neck areas and while the shape was deemed good the steel was weakened. The new pattern that resulted could be shaped out of the same size plate of manganese steel used in the MKII. Production began in 1943 using the existing MKII liner and was issued on a replacement basis, the exception being the 21st Army Group who were completely equipped for the Normandy invasion. The MK IV helmet was introduced in September 1944 and was a modification of the MKIII which added a liner that could be removed without tools which was attached to a permanent stud by means of a lift-the-dot fastener. With no hole in the shell it could be used as a basin to carry water. The helmet was designed to be used in the Pacific Campaign after the war in Europe ended.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Helmet retains a good portion of its original green paint. Complete liner and chinstrap. Roughly a size 58. Dated for 1952.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $149.00

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