Norwegian Free Forces British steel helmet, 1940-45. This is a black-painted MKII helmet, with the Norwegian flag painted on the right-hand side (stencil marks still visible). The inside rim of the helmet is stamped "BMB 0701940" and was manufactured by Briggs Motor Bodies. It appears to be from British and not Norwegian stocks as it bears the MKII 1938 chinstrap and what appears to be the 71/4 TTC 2 1940 liner, and not the Dutch chinstrap that existed on Norwegian stocks of this helmet. However, the liner lacks a rubber 'donut' cushion at the top and the helmet's top screw to hold the liner in place is missing.
This helmet would have been worn by Norwegian soldiers serving in the "Free Forces" organized in the United Kingdom during World War II. With reference to Skotte Vol.1 p. 110, this example may have been worn by the Norwegian Free Army (2500-men strong) rather than Free Navy (7366-men strong), and lacking the decal of the royal arms which is prominent on many Norwegian helmets of that time, this one may have been used earlier in the war, around 1940-41. A unique artifact of the allied free forces armies - and of Norwegian militaria.
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