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World War Two579 of 1375British WWII Civil Defence Senior Fire Guard steel helmetBritish WWII Railways Senior Official/Warden steel helmet.
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Posted 4 years ago


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British WWII Civil Defence Wardens steel helmet. 1941. helmet painted black by owner ans W painted on front and rear. Owner has used what looks a long leather shoelace as a chin strap.


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    It has a very different shape to it, is that unusual?
  2. petey petey, 4 years ago
    Good evening walksoftly, 0113 here in the UK!! thank you for the love, and in answer to you question ...
    The Zuckerman helmet (officially known as Civilian Protective Helmet) was a British helmet designed for use by civil defence organisations and the general public during World War II. It was researched and designed by Solly Zuckerman, Derman Christopherson and Hugh Cairns.
    Zuckerman and Cairns first started looking into a design for a helmet to aid civil defence in the middle of 1940. The aim was to provide a helmet that could deal with impact from falling and flying masonry and provide more coverage for the head and neck area.
    After the War Office accepted their design, the Civilian Protective Helmet went into circulation in December 1940 and then throughout 1941 (the vast majority are therefore dated 1941).
    Helmets were made from pressed mild steel or manganese steel (known for its impact resistance) in two sizes only and sometimes marked with either M (medium) or L (large) on the inside of the brim. The design of the high dome was to allow the helmet to withstand impact and still protect the wearer. Many have two single holes opposite each other on the brim. This marking details the amount of resistance the helmet offered to ballistic impact (this being the lowest and therefore not for use as a frontline helmet). The helmet was available in a number of colours - white, black, grey and olive green.
    A helmet liner made of leather and webbing was attached to the helmet with string, lace or leather thong threaded through 16 pre-drilled slightly angled holes around the helmet to hold it in place. Small loops were incorporated on the helmet for attaching a chinstrap but no official strap was issued, though many use the Mk II helmet chinstrap. Consequently, helmets can be found with numerous chin strap variations.
    The helmet was manufactured by a number of companies, among them the Austin Motor Co. and Morris Motors.
    Helmet is one of the most recognised in the UK, along with the other normal soup plate combat steel helmet!!
  3. petey petey, 4 years ago
    Thank you everyone for the loves, pops52,
    tinlid, and
    SEAN68 !!
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Thanks Petey for the very informative answer to my question. It's nice to see that so much thought was put into the protection of civilians placed in harms way during the war.


  5. petey petey, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the loves southcop, aghcollect, and pops52 !!

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