Heres a page that anyone interested in these red helmets might like: Mannie Gentile: Combat Helmets of the 20th Century: U.S. Navy M1 Repair Party Helmet
That's a good point, there are other civilian organisations around the world who do something similar with the colour of helmets indicating rank/job etc. In the St. Andrew's Ambulance Corps we generally use blue helmets on occasions where helmets are required, but white helmets are used by Duty Officers, Area Control Officers etc in order to make them easily recognisable, whilst red helmets are also used in particular circumstances. Such procedures probably originate from military uses of different coloured helmets such as those described here.
my red Brodie has "CD" on the forehead most likely civil defense?
Could well be, I'm shamefully ill informed on ARP and CDC uniforms but that does seem to be a reasonable guess at who the helmet was worn by.
I also got the red m1 from ebay.
I did clean up the paint and removed leftover pieces of reflective tape.
Only outside was painted matt red and then glossy red.
The helmet will be redone as MP helmet - it was repainted olive drab.
It is rear seam with movable bails. I assume it is post war.
Last edited by meyle77; 01-19-2012 at 09:13 PM.
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