Helmet, leather tank helmet
- Catalogue number
- EQU 3911
- Display status
- IWM London
- Helmet: leather
- whole: metal
- whole: Depth 268 mm, Height 135 mm, Width 124 mm
- Alternative names
- full name: Helmet, leather tank helmet
- simple name: headdress: British
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Helmet helmet made of multi-panel brown leather sections riveted together with an internal leather sweatband.
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.
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