British MKIII

General Information: The British Mark III was designed to address deficiencies of its predecessor, the Mark II, which was basically the same helmet used in the First World War. That helmet had been effective in preventing injuries in trench warfare conditions where shrapnel falling from above was the main hazard. From the earliest stages ofContinue reading “British MKIII”

British MKI

General Information: The first helmet used by British soldiers in the First World War, the War Office Pattern Helmet (see “British Brodie”) had deficiencies that needed to be addressed. Chief among these were the raw edge which could cause injury. Other problems included reflective paint, and complaints about the liner being hot and slippery. ToContinue reading “British MKI”

British MKII

General Information: The British MKII was helmet most widely used by British soldiers in the Second World War. Ultimately twelve million were produced from 1938 to 1944.[1] Commonwealth countries Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa each produced their own version of the MKII. The MKII, or copies thereof, continued to see service inContinue reading “British MKII”

British Brodie

General Information: John Leopold Brodie filed a patent for this helmet in August of 1915. Officially, it was referred to as the “War Office Pattern” helmet; unofficially, it has been referred to by the name of the patent holder: “Brodie.” The helmet was cheap and easy to produce and offered good protection, particularly from overhead explodingContinue reading “British Brodie”