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British Tanker Helmet Pick-Up

Article about: Not a steel helmet but figured this the best place to post our latest pick-up, this British Tanker helmet. Don't know much about these, have not had time to do any digging yet. It is missing

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    Quote by ian View Post
    this is a very early helmet and it did not have a chin strap
    the later ones had a Y type chin strap held by 4 bolts
    as you can see this lid does not have the bolts for a chin strap
    most of us tank crews took out the chin strap any way ,,,

    Thanks for the great info Ian, good to know our helmet is of original configuration....was a little bummed when I though I had missed the chin strap all together.

    Regards,

    Russ

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    hi Russ , its not all good news
    im sorry to say you were right in your first assumption
    there is a doughnut with a hole in it shaped crown pad missing from your helmet it protects the top of your head fro the draw string ,and is held in place by said string
    i think i have a spare one at home ,,BUT,, im in Bagdad,Iraq at the moment ,so it may be some time before ill know for sure ,,, allso at the neck and the brow there is some velcro,,, there should be sort of banana shaped pads atatched to both of these velcro areas ,, the neck pad is a little larger than the brow pad ,, i dont think i have spares of these ,but ill look when i get home next ,, mabe a year though
    cheers ian
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    superb info from a first hand user excellent stuff ian

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    The painting of thies types of helmet was,and,is frowned appon as the paint damages the helmet
    however CMD does indeed denote comander
    the 3.2 is c sqdn 2nd troop ... the driver would have DRV .. the gunner GNR and loader LDR ...the green mark i would sugest identifies which tank in the troop IE 32 is the troop leaders tank,,32A is the troop sgts tank and 32B is the troop cpls tank ..but in this case the desgnate letters are replaced by colours (green in this case)
    the problem with identifiying your helmet in this way was and is that ,when the helmet goes for repair ,you never get yours back ,you get another one
    so after some time the ID becomes meaning less
    there is on one of the crown straps a little plastic pouch into which you could place a card with your nome on ,,that was the excepted method of identification of the owner

    thanks COL

    cheers ian

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    in answer to Gregs coloqual name for this helmet it was known by us tank crews ,by two names
    SKULL CRUSHER ,,,, becouse the earpiece springs are very strong and it crushed your head
    and BONE DOME ,, for obviouse reasons
    cheers ian

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    ian can you tell me what mine was stencilled for it just has a black D on the front and back, driver maybe ? thanks in advance jamesClick image for larger version. 

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    IAN......you've provided a wealth of information, thank you so much. And certainly, if you happen to have a spare crown pad piece, we'd be happy to stike a deal with you for it.....

    Regards,

    Russ & Son

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    hi James
    i think the D on your helmet probably just meens D squadron
    hi Russ if i have a the missing pads then you can have them ,no probs
    cheers ian

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    hi ian and thanks come to mention it another member on here said it possibly is the royal dragoons maybe its D for D squadron then thanks again james

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    Russ ive found the tw0 bannana shaped pads ,,but they got them selfs packed for our house move ,,ill get them as soon as we unpack after the move ,,i have a wind rush for the mike somwhere as well,, cheers ian

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