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WWII SYNTHETIC BRODIE HELMET
Made from a Phenolic resin based plastic, during WW2.
Sold to Civil Defence, WRVS and Night Watchmen not believed to be officially adopted by the Government and not supplied by them to combatants.
Similar in shape and weight to the standard Brodie helmet supplied to the troops, it would have provided some protection from falling Masonry etc, with limited protection from shrapnel and bullets.
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- During the 1960's when I was a boy I had one of these black 'plastic' Tommy helmets to play 'wars' with. It was my Grandfathers who worked at Marshall's Airfield Cambridge during the war. I was told they were used by the electrical engineers as safety helmets when working close to overhead power cables, as steel helmets would risk serious electric shocks! This was also backed up by my father who was an aircraft electrical engineer with the RAF after the war at RAF Stradishall, Suffolk. He saw them in the stores but never had cause to wear one.
.......... A Miller, Cambridge, 24th of January 2012