Building on the success of the Mark I “brodie” in the First World War the Mark II began production in 1938 and delivery began in 1939. Though the helmet retained a similar shape, the helmet aimed to improve the liner, chinstrap, and steel. The Mark II would become the standard infantry helmet during the Second World War.
Constructed of non-magnetic steel, this Mk. II retains most of the exterior finish. Inside, the liner remains largely intact though slightly dry and dated to 1942. Maker Marked for Canadian Company G.S.W. (General Steel Wares) the shell is dated to 1943. The chinstrap appears unmarked and remains wholly in tact.