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What were British fibre helmets used for during the war?

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This medic helmet is dated 1943, so I assume it would have been used somewhere during the war.  But the helmet is made of fiber, not steel.  Since fiber would offer no protection against falling debris or shrapnel, am I correct to assume that this would have only been used as a parade helmet?

 

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All non metal helmets in the Mk2 shape would not have been used by the military, but used on the home front.

 Due to shortages of helmets in 1940 shops & departmental stores that sold steel helmets to the public were only aloud to have no more than ten in store. So a market for non metal helmets sprung up,bakelite, compressed fibre, & leather.

 They of course had no ballistic properties, but were at least some protection.

 The helmet being sold I have not seen before, but that's not to say anything is wrong with it, but being sold by MT, just make sure you know what you are buying.

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Thanks TinLid, I appreciate the feedback, information, and pictures of your wonderful examples. 

 

I do need a medical helmet to complete a Blitz period Red Cross nurse mannequin for my collection, but if you have not seen this type of helmet before, and you obviously have some concerns about MT, I am thinking that perhaps I should be patient and wait for a better example. 

 

Thanks again!

 

John

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I noticed this example for sale, but as said the seller has a reputation for enhancing items and that is enough to put me off from buying from him.  Not because this or all of his offerings are iffy, but to support a seller of known iffy items is not something I can do.  The seller has good untouched items, but has too many with added dates etc....

 

The paint on this perhaps looks "fresh"?

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