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

 

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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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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.

 

 

RC

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