Brodie Helmet / Helmet, steel, Mark I (World War I)


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Brodie Helmet / Helmet, steel, Mark I (World War I)

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The British Helmet in World War I

John L. Brodie had invented and patented a design in 1915, called the Helmet, steel, Mark one or ‘Brodie helmet’ after its inventor.

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  1. The Brodie pattern was used in the Canadian Army up until the late 1960’s. I remember my dad wearing it when he was in the Militia. It was replaced by the American styled steel helmet of the WW2-Korea-Vietnam era which is the one I wore. I heard the old timers talk affectionately about their old Brodies and how much heavier the “new” ones were.

  2. These helmets were known as Shrapnel helmets and were never described as bullet proof,one of the films on this page is titled ,the Great ww1 Helmet Mystery,well worth a watch.

  3. I once read that the main reason for this design was to protect the soldier from overhead, air burst artillery. Story was the British command in 1914-15 noted that a large number of debilitating and fatal wounds had been generated by tiny splinters of shell piercing through the tops of men's soft hats/heads. BTW: DO A SPOT ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE FRENCH WW I UNIFORM. "Le pantaloon rouge c'est La France!" See Tuchman's "Guns of August" for a darkly funny write up on this.

  4. France: built the FT-17 tank. United States: took the FT-17 and put on a slightly different turret and called it the M1917 tank. Britain: makes the Brodie helmet. United States: made the exact same helmet and called it the M1917.

  5. If i was born in ww1 i can make helmet with face protection like russians one, trust me 15% from casualties of ww1 was due to shot in face not upper head part. this 15% teens can survive and finish the war more faster and come back to they home on theyr feet not betwen 4 wood planks.

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