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Home Front: 1939 to 1945 Helmets

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Here's the picture of the Canadian officer with the same strap on his Mk3.

 

 

Thats the picture, thanks for showing it.

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The earliest Police helmets you see are 1938 dated, quite a few are 1939, & some 1940. I recently saw a 1943 which is quite rare to see, I think mostly the blue is the same. Chin strap will depend on year of manufacture helmet or replacement, the elasticated Mk3 chin strap came out in 41. 

This is the most common seen.

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the example I own, 39 dated on the shell and 38 dated on the liner.

 

 

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Thanks for the information guys.  So now I know that the ones with the block letters are real after all.  Since they are rarely seen I wasn't sure.  The same with the large letter ones with the broken "O" like your first example tinlid.

 

Your examples are the color I would expect, and prefer to see, but I have also seen a few with a much darker blue, and even a few in black.

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An Wardens helmet with an area, or some similar marking on both sides of the helmet. H with a 4 top & bottom.

 

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Some of mine that I never added to this thread.

 

NFS, slightly unusual in that the district number is on the dome and not on the brim.  It is 26 for Liverpool and the helmet has been overpainted matt black.  The liner is Vero 1941 but I could never find a makers mark on the shell without taking sandpaper to it.

 

 

 

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Another oddity, Large A for ambulance which has been overpainted black and with a very large W C, no idea on what this one was for, water control, warden control, just guessing.  It also has a hole i it which might have had a St johns Brigade badge perhaps?  The mkI liner is by Vero and dated 1939, as is the shell.

 

Obvious jokes about water closets have already been done!

 

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Nice but unusual NFS , for some reason they didn't get round to painting it khaki green.

The W on the front of my wardens helmet although looks big, is the official size 2". This one does look big, it is 2 1/2 tall, but as with most home front helmets there were official, semi official & non official markings.

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The plastic helmet, offering protection from coming into contact with live wires in bombed out buildings.

Made or supplied by G A Dunn and Co Ltd.

 

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This helmet once belonged to leading fireman Poole. His name and No 280233 are scratched on the underside of the brim. 23 is for Worcestershire.

helmet is marked EC Co Ltd

Liner is marked    6 3/4     JCS & W Ltd.

 

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I bought this helmet over 20 years ago. It was sitting in a stack of helmets and had a nasty black ring which I cleaned off with some thinners being careful not to get any on the stencilled JP.                      The 54th [East Anglian] Division was on 'Home Service' until disbandment on the 14th Dec 1943.

  

So what is an Infantry Div signe doing  on a home service helmet ?

 

I believe the stencil to be original to the helmet. The seller didn't make a big deal out of it and all the helmets in the stack were the same price. [not much].

 

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Some of the Home guard units used the sign of their home area parent regiment so perhaps they also used the local div sign in this case, or at home they used home front helmets as they were short of them and keeping combat grade helmets for front;line units.

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Totally not regulation home guard helmet, being grey painted, but in 1940 with the shortages in helmets they had to make do with what they were given. So a very nice HG helmet, love it.

 Seeing the 776 on the inside brim, there were quite a few of these at one time, I in fact did have one of these many years ago.

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I think this helmet had a thin coat of green over the grey. Some of the green came off when I used thinners to remove the black ring caused by stacking. The rim still looks green to my eye.

 

Tinlid. I assumed the 776 was the last three digits of the original owners serial number.

 

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Does this look green ?

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The colour does vary on these, sometimes looks blue/grey-green/grey.

 I would have said the numbers on the inside rim were the amount of helmets, rather than an HG number.

Here's a factory one.

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This one is not mine, just a picture I kept of one being sold a few years ago.

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A few from the rescue service.

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Unusual in that it has the words, normally it's just HR.

The tag looks like Guildford.

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Light Rescue, white for an officer, might be LR Foreman.

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