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Home Front: 1939 to 1945 Helmets

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Thanks for the comments.

 Another that is not quite official markings, should just have the black diamond, but also has the words HEAD WARDEN.

 The paint looks to be the same so the diamond & the words added at the same time.

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Had to get in on this topic,( i missed it the first time around) as i reckon Home Fronts are underrated lids.The amount of variations on simple shells is staggering on both sides of the Big Pond.

Unlike English versions Australian Home Front Helmets were made of the same steel as Military ones probably because of the sheer numbers required by the British as opposed to here.

Hope you dont mind but here are a couple of my Local favourites.

Two 1942 MkIIs assigned to Queensland Railways (QR) the letters inbetween denote Stations here in Brisbane.

I believe RD stands for Roma Street Station and IB could be Central Station Brisbane.

 

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A private purchase Mk2, same shell as normal, but the liner is quite different. 

No markings on it that I can see, & with what looks like rubber foam for the crown pad & buffers. I have taken the liner out to get better pictures which is something I don't normally do. But as it is quite different from the norm' thought I'd do it this time only.

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Light Rescue Foreman, white for officer, with LR to front & rear. It originally came from the factory smooth khaki green, then over painted black, then white with black letters LR.

 The Mk1 liner is dated 1938, the shell I'm sure is 1939.

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You guys have some fantastic helmets here, thanks for showing them. 

 

TinLid your collection is quite impressive.  Have you ever seen a fire helmet painted red?

 

Does anyone have helmets from the medical, first-aid, or nursing teams?

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Red is normally associated with fire, but not exclusively.

 Most of the red fire helmets  if not all,  have been for use with private fire services like factories & businesses.

 

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Here's some from the Casualty service, FAP, Ambulance & 1st aid.

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Red is normally associated with fire, but not exclusively.

 Most of the red fire helmets  if not all,  have been for use with private fire services like factories & businesses.

 

Thank TinLid.  So based on the pictures you posted previously, it appears that the A.F.S. used mostly the basic green painted helmet, and white over-painted for senior officers.  What color would the London Fire Brigade have worn?

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As far as I know the colours of helmets in the AFS/NFS should be khaki green, but I know they used grey & black. Officers of high rank would be painted silver.

I expect the LFB was pretty much the same.

 

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Originally painted khaki green then over painted black, with E to the front. At a guess I would say Engineer, as the council's had their own engineers & planning departments.They would have been needed to inspect bomb damaged buildings to see if they were repairable.

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33. London Administrative.

34.      "       Ealing.

35.      "       Highgate.

36       "       Ilford.

37       "       Eltham.

38       "       Wimbledon  

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Mk2 No.2B Home Guard.

 Quite a hard one to find with a rolled edge, or Dutch bend. Typical textured khaki green paint to inside & out, which would date it from 1941 onwards.

 Shell made by E.C & Co Ltd 1941, liner also 1941 by made by TTC.

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Another HG, this time a No.2C.

It has a nice interesting chin strap, again not often seen, it is non magnetic so would go on an Mk2No.1 ( or military use)

Liner dated 1941 & made by CCL.

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Another HG, this time a No.2C.

It has a nice interesting chin strap, again not often seen, it is non magnetic so would go on an Mk2No.1 ( or military use)

Liner dated 1941 & made by CCL.

 

 

I seem to remember some debate about this type of chinstrap being Canadian in original, though I think in the end that was based on a single but well known images.

 

Two lovely helmets Aaron, great to see them.   I have not picked up a steel helmet in a while as I am concentrating on soft headgear, though there are a few I would like to get if I can find them.

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