GREECE

 

 

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GREECE M34-39

Italian-made shells, supplied unfinished to Greece just before WW2 (1939), where they were fitted with Greek-made liners.

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GREECE M34-39 liner

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GREECE M34-39 liner detail

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GREECE M34-39 liner

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GREECE M34-39 strap detail

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GREECE M34-39

This seems an exceptionally small and unconvincing helmet.
This shell was also used in small quantities by certain Italian formations.

 

 

 

 

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GREECE 3-HOLE top

This is my fabulous "3-holed Mystery". I got it in an army surplus shop in Wales, was fascinated by its odd liner and the three inexplicable holes along the brim. I searched for information about it for a long time and it wasn't until I came across Robert Southee and his helmet collecting friends I had an explanation.

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GREECE 3-HOLE holes

These three holes are not uncommon, I discovered. They were standard on South African-made British Mk2 clones, and were used for either a neck-shade or an eye-shade, depending on who you read - or which way round you wear the helmet, I suppose.

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GREECE 3-HOLE LINER2

It was the liner that really baffled me. It's obviously modelled on the British original, but is also clearly different. The liner band is aluminum, the lobes of the liner some kind of thin shiny oilcloth.

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GREECE 3-HOLE liner

The chinstap is just the same as those on British Mk 1 helmets.

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GREECE 3-HOLE liner 1

Anyway, the facts, according to a friend of Robert Southee - take it away, Dave!- "This type of liner/straps were installed on British/Commonwealth (in this case a South African) shells by the Greeks in the post-WW2 period. The liner (the metal frame is a shiny aluminium) & straps are Greek made."

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GREECE 3-HOLE liner 3

So, the facts as confirmed by more than one of Bob Southee's associates, indicate that the Greek Army in the immediate postwar period (possibly during the Civil War) reused with new liners whatever British-type helmet shells it could lay hands on.
I have another example now, same liner and strap, but no holes, indicating it is a normal British shell. I also have a South African mk 2 clone, with the three holes, but with a distinctly rough textured paint finish, quite unlike this smooth example.

 

 

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GREECE_mk2 clone - side

This is another of the post-WW2 Greek refurbishments, this time without the three holes.

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GREECE mk2 clone top

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GREECE_mk2 clone liner