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Helmet attachments / "bolt-ons"

Article about: I recently revisited a list we created on Gregs old Yahoo forum...this was a list of all the things which are / can be attached to the modern combat helmet ranging from patches to cameras. I

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    That’s interesting H......I guess that leaves the question who DID have “NI Helmet”...or was it just a timing issue......
    It was probably down to the situation we found ourselves in. Between November 1971 and March 1972, Andersonstown was not a very pleasant place to be. It was bad enough before the terrible events of 'Bloody Sunday' on January 30th 1972, but after that date it was infinitely worst. Riots were happening every day, and our experiences early in the tour quickly taught us how useless (for us) the Turtle helmet & visor was. If you ran with the visor up it would sooner or later bounce shut and tip the helmet forward. And if you ran with it down it had a habit of sinking into the top of your flak jacket and your breath would steam it up. Besides that, when you were getting 'stuck-in' to the rioters the last thing you wanted was someone getting behind you and grabbing the front of your helmet and pulling your head back. Soldiers only used equipment that was of use to them.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    It didn't take long before "attachments" started to appear on the Virtus........I thought when it was launched that the side brackets and the NVG mount would make additional covers tricky.....but no....now there's the usual array of nets, scrim scarf etc ....the official new style cover even goes over the brow bracket...that didn't last long did it.....

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    ...and sticking with the N.I. theme, whilst not technically an "attachment" (it came that way) here's a 1984 Brit visored "Topper" (will someone PLEASE tell me why "Topper")....technically it's an A.R.T. (Anti Riot Topper). Cromwell-made with quite agricultural looking visor attachment (date '87), with European AND "proper" head size measurements to outside. It doesn't look like it was ever on the receiving end of a brick or petrol bomb.....or a squaddie either!

    This was one on my W&P Show pick-ups......cheap too

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    Much after my time this kind of helmet.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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