Hard as it may be for you to believe, but I was unable to find a period photograph of this helmet in action. Seems that U.K. AFV crewmen prefer to be seen in those jaunty berets they made so famous. So in lieu of period photos I'll try to dress this post up with some gilding like this:
the crest of the Royal Tank Regiment
Here is my specimen of the WWII MkII UK tanker's helmet. This shell profile was also utilized for the UK paratroops, as well as the dispatch rider's helmet. The shell for all three is the same though the suspensions are very different.
I'm assuming that the number on the front indicates a particular vehicle in a formation.
This side view gives our first indication that this is a MkII, with its characteristic elasticized chinstrap and that VERY shiny little slider, peeking out from under the rim.
Now I'm aware that the helmet below is not the helmet in question, but I encountered this graphic while searching for MkII images and was really knocked out by it.
The top view demonstrates the very symmetrical and ovoid aspect of this lid.
Another "gimme" that this is a MkII is the tell-tale rivet at the top indicating the "lift the dot" suspension of the MkII family.
A sunny close-up of the "lift the Dot" fastener. Careful with these! Often as not the spring mechanism is just corroded enough that trying to force it off will instead tear it away from the suspension (speaking from sad experience here).
When I was in kindergarten one of my friends brought an "army helmet" from home. I couldn't understand why anyone would wear anything so uncomfortable. It wasn't until many years later, as a helmet collector, that I understood why it hurt so much when trying to wear that particular helmet on that particular day...
it was a MKII sans liner. Ouch! Now it all makes sense.
This liner's in really outstanding condition,
The size is stamped very clearly.
I've no idea as to what this number is in ref. to (any input would be appreciated).
Here are British paratroopers in that same style shell. Note the very different harness system, the suspension was also much more elaborate and protective than the tank crewman's helmet.
accession number: MOA hmar223.60.47
Royal Armoured Corps, MkIII helmet
Acquired 1987, Lansing Michigan.
Purchase price :$20.00
Condition: suspension - excellent
shell - very good