Helmet, leather tank helmet

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Catalogue number
  • EQU 3911
Display status
IWM London
Materials
  • Helmet: leather
  • metal
Dimensions
  • whole: Height 135 mm
  • general: Depth 268 mm
  • general: Width 124 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: Helmet, leather tank helmet
  • SIMPLE NAME: headdress: British
Object Type
headwear
Category
equipment

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History note

Issued to the first British tank crews in 1916 as a personal protection against head injury, the helmet was sometimes mistaken for German headgear when crews abandoned their vehicles in action (with often disastrous consequences for the wearers). Amongst tank crews headdress was often a matter of choice, therefore the standard Brodie pattern steel helmet was regularly worn as was the softer and more comfortable peaked service dress cap in place of the short-lived tank helmet.

Physical description

Helmet helmet made of multi-panel brown leather sections riveted together with an internal leather sweatband.

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