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Posted 5 years ago


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A hard to find Regional column marked Mk2, these were reserve units that were formed in 1940 & were to assist where needed most. If an area was overwhelmed by an extra heavy raid & the local force was not coping the Regional column was called in by the regional Commissioner hence Regional Column.
They were a self contained unit of about 200 strong & consisted of Rescue, 1st Aid, Ambulance & Decontamination, in 1941 they became established under the control of the Regional Commissioners & known as Regional Columns.
By 1943 there were 14 such units.
I think the helmet was once a First Aid marked helmet as there is a large circle under the paint at the rear, which makes sense if he joined this unit.
The shell with 1 hole in the brim No.2A is dated 1941, the liner by BMB dated 1940 & with a nice ink stamp of O.K BB No7 on the khaki cotton liner.

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  1. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Nice one tinlid, never seen one of these, or even heard of Regional Columns. You have got to point me in the direction of your reference books. So far I have never had much time to research any of my helmets, only just had time to collect them! I hope I will have more time soon to do some research, so any useful book titles will help.
  2. tinlid, 5 years ago
    At the moment there are hardly any books at all to get info', only WW2 ARP books & some forums where info' is exchanged.
  3. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Tinlid, i thought as much, seem to be able to find books on everything but British helmets. Time for you to write one?

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