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WWII British Civil Air Defense "Zuckerman" Helmet -
WWII saw the development of several interesting helmet designs. The appeal to the eye and relevance in history has elevated these helmets to a status of being a highly desirable military collectible among many enthusuasts.

This is a British WWII helmet. the type of helmet that was worn by the Civil Defense personnel that manned the anti-aircraft guns to protect the city from bombing raids.

Of dark gray steel construction. With multiple rivets placed all around towards the base of the helmet.

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.

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The liner was manufactured from leather. In this example it is attached to the helmet via the use of rivets. Some helmets had mars on them while others did not. The suspension consisted of a series of flaps pointing towards the center of the helmet. Strings were employed to secure the flaps together.

The chin strap is of leather as well. With a metal buckle in one side.

The following correction was provided by one of our visitors:

" This shell here is actually a British civil defense 'Zuckerman' helmet - but
more than that it is an example of the surplus shells that were sold to the
Netherlands after WW2, and relined with Dutch liners (as used in the Dutch M28 or 34 helmets). Definitely not used by British aa crews! I'd quite like one of these. "

The author is not aware that this type of headgear is currently being reproduced. 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 the collectible.

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.


The value for the British WWII helmets and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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Value $90.00 $90.00 $100.00 $100.00 $110.00 $110.00 $115.00 $125.00 $125.00 $135.00 $135.00 $135.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade C C C C C C C C C C C C

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