WWII British Dispatcher Helmet -
This is a British Army helmet. As issued during World War Two.
Messages, orders and other important documentation were communicated from the headquarters to the
front and back via the use of dispatchers. These individuals had to physically deliver the
information from one place to the other. The most effective way to accomplish this mission was
to employ a motorcycle.
Riding in rough terrains at high speeds could cause accidents. The need to protect the head of
the messanger was clear. This need gave birth to the development of the dispatcher helmet.
The dispatcher helmet provided a surprising effective and comfortable fit. The liner was heavily
padded. A large leather chin strap ensure the helmet was tightly secured to the rider. Often
times the date of manufacture was black ink stamped to the crown of the liner.
Most modern military helmets saw their birth during World War One. The need to address the
multitude of head wounds in the trenches was the foundation for the widespread development
and deployment of helmets.
This section discusses several of the military helmets of the world.
The helmets from various armies came in a variety of designs. There were a large number
of different types developed. In many cases the use of the spilled over into non-military
applications such as police and civil defense. most of the helmets during WWI and WWII were
constructed of a combination of metal and leather.
The author is not aware that this type of headgear is currently being
However, there is no guarantee that it is not. in many cases
it is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other British military helmets, you can do so by
going to our British Military headgear
identification guide. Where we cover multiple pieces.