No, not me, I'm talking about the British family of "turtleshell" helmets. Beginning with the Mk3 in 1944 all the way up to the mk5 of the 1980s, this helmet had a longevity very similar to the venerable U.S. M1, and it took only a little bit of tinkering to get this one right.
Here's a shot of the family tree; a mk II on the gun while his comrades wear the "turtleshell".
The stud with the liner removed, When I was in Kindergarten, one of my playmates (currently incarcerated at Southern Michigan Prison serving a life sentence) brought in a Mk IV helmet claiming it was the one his brother wore as an "armyman". Enjoying helmets since infancy, it stuck me as odd that the brother of this tot fro Michigan US of A would be wearing a helmet so unlike what our other GI dads had worn, nonetheless, I asked to try it on.
I found it immediately and singularly uncomfortable, even painful, and wondered how they could fight with such discomfort. If you havn't guessed by now, it was sans liner. I also think my little friend was, early on exhibiting a difficulty in distinguishing reality from fantasy, a difficulty which would ill-serve him as a criminally impetuous eighteen year-old with a hammer.
Though, I digress. Below is pictured the other end of the stud as it emerges from and is peened over in the dimple at the very dome of the shell.
Earlier versions of this helmet had a fairly rudimentary liner, evidenced by the side-by-side comparison below, with MkIV on the left and MkV on the right.
Here, then, is the much more comfortable MkV liner. The stockinette grips the wearers head and could even be termed "cozy"
Now for those helmet-investors out there, you may wish to avert your eyes as this is the moment where everything gets, carefully, taken apart for the edification and instruction of those new to the hobby.
"So long" to the age of steel.
See you next time with another cool helmet from the collection.