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Did the steel helmet see service with British and Empire forces in theatres outside of the Western Front or Italy?


Felix C
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Palestine, Mesopotamia, Salonika? etc Africa?  Russia in 1919?

 

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The Brodie steel helmet was general issue to all British and Commonwealth armies from about mid-1916. It was designed to provide overhead protection against Shrapnel balls which, of course, was a danger in all of the areas of conflict across the globe wherever enemy artillery was in action.

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I was unsure if used in theatres were there was less exposure to repeat artillery fire. 

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Palestinehttps://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205260644https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205195231https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205287738, but not many photos found.

Salonikahttps://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205221843https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205221814https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205221792. Far more incidences.

I have no idea what the criteria for issue was. 

Acknown

Addition: Mesopotamia: After a quick IWM search, https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections, I found no examples of Brodie wear.

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Designed to protect the head, neck and to a certain extent the shoulders, from shrapnel balls while in a trench; some protection for the head in the open but the rest of the body was at risk from shrapnel balls.

First issued late 1915 as trench stores for use by bombers. General issue began early 1916 but took time for all units to be equipped; some of the battalions on the Somme in July 1916 had not had thiers issued.

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Do you know the criteria for issue in non-WF theatres?
Acknown

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I think they produced 1 million Brodie helmets in 1916 and, since there were many more soldiers who needed them than this, it would have taken well into 1917 for every soldier to get one. Pragmatically, they probably equipped solders fighting on the WF first taking much longer for soldiers in more distant theatres to get the helmet. I'm sure it was purely a problem of logistics with priority given to where the helmets were needed most. 

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