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Unknown WW1 Tanker's Helmet?

Article about: Hi all. I have just been watching a documentary on the battle of Cambrai, and of course there was a lot of footage of tanks. This scene caught my eye however. It shows a group of British sol

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    Hi all. I have just been watching a documentary on the battle of Cambrai, and of course there was a lot of footage of tanks. This scene caught my eye however. It shows a group of British soldiers walking past the camera with a tank and with them is this chap with what to me is an odd piece of headgear. I have tried to show it as best I can although it is on the TV. Does anyone know what this was? Possibly a short lived experiment?

    Any thoughts appreciated as always.

    Cheers.
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    Here's a bit of info on another forum, so some pic's are restricted to members but there's enough to get you going. Apparently introduced in 1916 to tankers and members of the MGC, they were soon withdrawn in favour of the Brodie helmet as crews bailing out were often mistaken for Germans with disastrous results.....

    British leather tank helmets... can anyone help ? - Equipment - Great War Forum

    Regards, Ned.

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    Thanks for that Ned. And excellent link. Would love to own one, but I think I'd probably have more chance of getting struck twice by lightning and winning the lottery in the same day. Cheers.

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