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WW2 British & Canadian Helmets, Crash, & Helmets, Steel, Royal Armoured Corps.

Article about: The first helmets for use in armoured vehicles were the Helmet, Crash, Royal Armoured Corps,sometime in the late 1930's.They seem to be made of cork & covered in material, I believe they

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    Default WW2 British & Canadian Helmets, Crash, & Helmets, Steel, Royal Armoured Corps.

    The first helmets for use in armoured vehicles were the Helmet, Crash, Royal Armoured Corps,sometime in the late 1930's.They seem to be made of cork & covered in material, I believe
    they were made by J.Compton sons & Webb Ltd. This is the version the Canadians copied for use for their forces, instead of the cheaper type adopted by the British from about 1939 made
    of compressed fibre.These cheaper HCRAC were produced up until 1943 by a number of different makers,the most known one being Helmets Ltd.
    Another type was made by the Empire Rubber company & was similar to their helmet for despatch riders which was called an economy pattern from 1940.They were made of compressed rubber & fibre compound.


    The first steel helmet which had better ballistic properties was the Mk1, Helmet, Steel,Royal Armoured Corps,first introduced in 1942 & with a fibre rim. Later that year they found ways to produce helmets without the fibre rim, instead using a stainless steel rim.
    The first HSRAC were painted textured khaki green, probably in 1943 they went over to textured dark brown, they were all made by BMB.
    In early 1945 the Mk2 with the lift the dot liner was introduced, & probably never got to the front line before the war ended.
    The first type introduced in the mid to late 30's, this one has the flash of the 5th Inniskilen dragoon guards A squadron.
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    The second type introduced around 1939 & made of compressed fibre, noteable maker, Helmets Ltd.The leather scrum held the earphone for communication between the crew & other tanks.
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    The Empire Rubber company effort, not very often seen, & very rare.
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    The Canadian HCRAC made by Saftey Supply Co of Toronto from 1940-43,they produced about 16,500.
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    The first steel helmet with fibre rim (Mk1 HSRAC) introdued in 1942.
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    The Mk1 HSRAC with stainless steel rim.
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    The Mk2 HSRAC with lift the dot liner.
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    More pictures of the helmets in use.
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    Great examples and photos for referencing, would be helpful if this thread was made sticky.

    Thanks for posting Aron.

    Cheers, Mads

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