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The British helmets came in a variety of designs. The following is an analysis of one of those helmets. Detailed photographs and terminology are given to provide the enthusiast and collector with a better understanding of this fascinating aspect of militaria.

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The WWII British dispatcher helmet is one of the most heavily padded helmets employed by the British army. The idea was to provide as much protection as possible to the head of the soldier.


The MKII was the standard helmet for the British armed forces. It was widely distributed among civilian organizations like the civil defense groups. The MKII style was also the helmet employed by the American armed forces until it was replaced by the M1 helmet in 1941.

If you have an interest is seeing other British headgear, you can do so by going to our British helmets identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Air Force and other organizations from various time periods.

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