British Para/Dispatch Helmets

Brit Para #9 - This shell is an original post war para shell in very good condition The original felt dome pad is still in there but the original skin (gas cloth) is missing. The gas cloth covering to the dome pad has been replaced with a vinyl type cover. I am not sure if this shell/helmet is of British manufacture. The shell is not stamped at all and nor is the liner sweat band marked. The shell was stripped and painted in a textured OD. I have no doubt that the liner is an original to the helmet and that the helmet is post war. The liner is in good condition with a light yellowish coloured rubber padding in fair to good condition. The cotton suspension is a tanish colour instead of the usual white. The leather sweat band is in good condition but not marked with size, manufacturer or date. The chinstrap is a webbing type with brass fittings and is most likely original to the helmet. It is in comparable condition to everything else. It has a leather chin cup and still retains the chamois insert. The helmet has been fitted with a replica helmet net. The helmet is a size 55-56cm and depicts a standard MKII para helmet. A nice lid at $350 AUD
Brit Para #36 FR - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. The shell itself is stamped inside as ROC RA MA 1954; made by Rubery, Owen and Co Pty Ltd, Leeds UK. The shell did not appear to have any original paint, it was evident that it had been stripped, primed and painted at some time. The shell is in very good condition. The shell was stripped to bare metal, converted to a HSAT Fibre-Rim 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 a first-class reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG). It is marked WPG 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a high-quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The brass mounting bolts are from WPG. The liner would match, in quality, a CCL or BMB liner when factory fitted. The web chinstrap is an original which could be a Canadian surplus type. It is green in colour with a nice chamois chinstrap. The helmet has been fitted with a WW2 era purpose made para helmet net. It shows some holes and minor damage due to its age. The RAC/tank helmet has been converted/refurbished to resemble a Fibre-Rim HSAT circa 1942 onwards. It features a conversion from a leather to a web chinstrap with the original two rear mounting holes for the leather type; and the additional hole to mount the web type rear hanger. $360 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. $325 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. $345 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. $345 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