British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet
British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet

British Mk.4 'Turtle' Steel Helmet

Product Ref: 02728.   Military Issue - Used
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Further Information
Further Information
  • Genuine issue from 1950's
  • Steel construction
  • Leather interior liner with drawstring adjuster
  • Padded crown crosspiece
  • Adjustable metal chinstrap with metal buckles
We have a limited amount of Genuine Mk.4 British Steel helmets available. These are all dated early Fifties so are nearly 60 years old and make tremendous collector's items. The Mk.4 was commonly referred to as the "tortoise" or "turtle shell" helmet.
Introduced in 1945, the Mk.4 helmet is only slightly different from its predecessor the Mk.3 helmet which was issued to troops taking part in the Normandy landings in June 1944. The main difference is that the chinstrap is attached to the helmet at a lower point, and the liner is attached to the helmet by a "lift the dot" system (pulling on the tab marked LIFT removes the liner from the central dot which it is attached to). A primary reason for these changes was that the helmet could easily be used as a water-carrying vessel.
Very limited availability. Size 54cm is marked as 6 3/4". Size 60cm is marked as 7 1/2".
Reviews (any views expressed are solely those of the reviewer)
Reviews
Good for the price.
This being about 60 years old and me being sceptical of the images shown here on the site I was gladly surpised by the helmet that came through. There's the odd patches of rust on the exterior but nothing too serious, quickly sorted with a wire brush and a new coat of paint. The inside of the hemet is pretty much the same as it would be if you'd been issued it way back when.
Pros: Good price, Comfortable, Good fit, Very light
Cons: Minor work needed to exterior
Sizing: Feels about right
Would recommend: Yes
Reviewed by Matchstick in Wales, South
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