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Title Canadian Military - Helmet with Combat Mesh
Date 1942 C
Object Name Helmet
Catalog Number 2009.14.3
Description Dark olive green, steel, shallow domed helmet with a wide tapered rim and a slotted screw at the top of the dome. On the front face is "F" in red painted on with a stencil. There is a light khaki chin strap with metal fasteners as well a metal adjusting tab that has been positioned at the reverse of the helmet. The liner is a screw in type, black in colour and has a laced adjustment piece to set depth of helmet when worn. There are 2 light olive green meshes stretched over the entire helmet. The mesh has three pieces of green 1" wide strips of cloth tied to it.
Provenance Howard E. Champeau (President Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55, 2009) stated that this helmet was used for "fire picket duty". Spotting fires from bombing as well as catching accidental fires before they get out of hand. However this helmet has the mesh weave added that would have been used in combat, it is very likely that this helmet was repurposed for combat applications or combat training. The mesh and fabric ties were use to break up the profile of the helmet making it harder to see at a distance.
Year Range from 1939
Year Range to 1945
Material Steel
Length (cm) 30.5
Width (cm) 29
Height (cm) 12.5