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Richie Rich

Greetings Forum from a sunny South Africa. I recently obtained my first WW1 Brodie and two things were instantly noticeable. Firstly, comparing it with a WW11 helmet I was surprised in how light and seemingly flimsy these helmets are and I doubt whether they actually served of any great protection to the poor wearer....secondly, I did see that there was a mark of some sort painted on the side and what seemed like a black line painted around the head rim.....I am assuming this was done for either Regimental reasons or Company reasons? I have posted three pics for the forums viewing pleasure and comments if anyone can possibly shed some light.

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Richie Rich

I have subsequently found out that the above helmet is a South African Mk I helmet marked to the 4th South African Infantry Regiment (SA Scottish). The black ring identifies the Regiment and wearer as being part of the 9th Division.

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Just to let you know someone's reading this! Very interesting, it made me look up the 9th Division.

Acknown

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nice find  thanks for posting

 

regards

 

Bob R.

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Richie Rich

Appreciated.....thank you....

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Richie,

 

I am a little surprised at your comment of “seemingly flimsy “.

Do you have an actual weight comparison between this and a WW2 example?

 

Regards,

JMB

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Richie Rich

Evening Colonel. That's a negative unfortunately....only my opinion/observation when holding them and comparing....perhaps the fact that my WW2 ones are in better nick than the WW1 in particular the inner....might just lend some bearing to my comment....Regards.

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battle of loos

Good evening,

 

here is a soldier of the 4th S.A.I. taken at the back front of Arras in early 1917.

 

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Kind regards

 

Michel

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Richie Rich

Epic photo. Thank you. It certainly captures the mood !!!!! Appreciated Michel.

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