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#26 aef1917

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:42 PM

m1917 paint.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:46 PM

On occasion, you may find a Mk. I that was refurbished with a m1917 liner. This example retains a British formation sign underneath the overpaint.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:46 PM

Liner of above helmet.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:48 PM

Here is an overview shot attempting to show the variations in paint color that can be found in Mk. Is.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:50 PM

Since this is ostensibly a post on US-issued Mk. I helmets, here are a few examples.

The first is a 6th Division helmet owned by forum member miken. I hope it's OK to use it, but I wanted to show examples of War Office Pattern helmets used by the AEF.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:51 PM

And another War Office Pattern helmet belonging to navycut81 and bearing the insignia of the 36th Division.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:55 PM

I had limited time to take pictures last night, and I will try to add more as time allows, so here are a few pictures of Mk. I helmets from my own collection.

26th Division xxx Machine Gun Battalion.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:56 PM

27th Division, with the occasionally-seen forest green overpaint.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:56 PM

90th Division.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:57 PM

88th Division, 313th Engineer Train.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:57 PM

Other side.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 09:17 PM

Great set of pics. Here's the rim joint on my M1917.

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/6375/s3000026.jpg

The overlapping rim on my MKI:

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:12 AM

Hey, I have one of those! Here are some photos.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:13 AM

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:14 AM

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:15 AM

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:16 AM

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:19 AM

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:20 AM

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:23 AM

A.J. BATES - WEBSTER, MASS

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:47 AM

I found this sitting in a .txt file on my hard drive, and I'm not quite sure where it's from. If I'm swiping your work, I apologize.

This is a (partial) list of Mk. I steel suppliers and helmet manufacturers. You will find various combinations of these letters, along with a number, stamped on the underside of the rim. Sometimes you will find codes for both the steel supplier and the manufacturer, and sometimes it will only be the steel supplier. When both are present, they are usually separated by a stamped horizontal line with the manufacturer on top and the supplier and batch number below.

Steel Suppliers:

FS Thomas Firth and Sons Sept. 1915 – 1919
HS Hadfields Ltd. Jan. 1916 – 1919
BS W Beardmore & Co. Ltd. Jan. 1916 – 1919
MS Miris Steel Co. Ltd mrt 1916 – 1917
A Edgar Allen and Co. Ltd 1916 – 1918
F Thomas Firth and Sons 1916 – 1918
O Samuel Osborne & Co Ltd. 1916 – 1918
V Vickers Ltd 1916 – 1917
B Bury's & Co. 1916 – 1918

Helmet Manufacturers:

D James Dixon & Sons Dec. 1915
HW Hutton & Sons Dec. 1915
HH Harrison Bros. & Howson Ltd. Dec. 1915
M J&J Maxfield & sons Dec. 1915
R John Round & Sons 1916
V W&E Viener Dec. 1915

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:31 AM

Hi,
that is the best collection of Brodies i have seen in a long while, thanks for showing them, they are getting harder to find now even in england. As most are in collections or hid away in attics, and Gunbarrel, nice British made helmet you have there.
dave.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:54 AM

M1917..US made. Re-painted blue for post-war Police Dept use.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:10 AM

Thanks for posting this topic. I know this is a US based forum, but I collect British Kit as well and love to see this. I'd love to find a Mk.I Tin Hat from the Great War one of these days.
Thanks
Mark

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:08 AM

Thanks for posting this topic. I know this is a US based forum, but I collect British Kit as well and love to see this. I'd love to find a Mk.I Tin Hat from the Great War one of these days.
Thanks
Mark



Many of them were used by the US in WWI and some remained in service into the WWII era as conversions to the M1917A1. So they are not too hard to find, actually there is a slight premium for examples in the original british paint without any AEF related markings.


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