Object Title

Infantry helmet

Infantry helmet

Date

1988

Object Number

IV.1616

Physical Description

One-piece spherical skull of layered kevlar, coloured NATO drab olive green, with slightly thickened unturned brim which rises slightly in front. Internally the helmet is cushioned by a layer of black polystyrene to form a trauma liner. At front two shallow rectangular recesses have been cut out of the polystyrene either side of the brow. A grey rectangular strip of polyethylene foam is glued to the polystyrene at the brow at the level of the cut-out edge. Another is glued at the rear. A layer of grey plastic is secured between the trauma liner and the skull and is continued up as four clear plastic lappets each pierced at the front end with two holes by which all the lappets are connected via a green crown tie cord. In addition, each lappet has two holes at the rear end through which are threaded the ends of a second green tie cord which is folded and stitched to a padded browband. This consists of a cream foam strip, covered on the outside by black cloth which is folded over and stitched with black thread to the edge of the grey plastic, and has a seam from front to rear at the rear end. This browband is then folded back at the brim so that the lappets are on the inside forming a webbing for the head. In addition a rectangular strip of black gloving leather is stitched to the front edge at the brow.


The helmet is fitted with a green cotton webbing chinstrap with a three-point fixing. The strap is secured each side by double D rings which pass through a slit in the the browband and are secured at the side by an external plastic slotted bolt passing into a circular slotted brass nut which is accessible via a hole cut in the trauma liner. Each strap end terminates in a dark green metal tab secured by a voided rivet. The rear strap is attached to the helmet by a single rectangular iron ring which passes through a slit in the browband and is secured like the others except that access to the nut is via a cut-out at the lower edge. The rear strap crosses and recrosses the side strap, these points being stitched to form an ovoid filled with a piece of black gloving leather, secured by stitching, to form a chincup. The strap is folded over and double stitched to secure a double D ring which engages the other end of the same strap as it emerges from the ring at the rear. This latter end terminates in a dark green metal tab secured by a voided rivet. On the inside immediately behind the tab is stitched a short rectangular strip of black velcro.


The helmet is provided with a clear polythene wrapping and comes in a brown rectangular box bearing the logo of National Plastics.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. Height: 175mm (6.9 in), Max. Width: 243mm (9.6 in), Max. Depth: 283mm (11.2 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the inside of the helmet skull is glued a white paper label on which is printed in black ink: NATIONAL PLASTICS Underneath is a vertical arrow to the right of which is printed: 1986 (the 6 overwritten in black ink with 8) followed by 139 035 HELMET SHELL PARACHUTISTS next to which is written: 829 SIZE: Following word crossed out, next to which is written: Medium NATO Stock No. 8415-99-132-4578 (the last 8 overwritten with 4) Name......................... Number....................... A white paper sheet of instructions for care and use are contained in a rectangular clear plastic label which is attached to the crown tie cord by a hole pierced at the upper end. On the side of the cardboard box much of the printing is obscured by a white paper sticker on which is printed in black ink a Union Jack with, to the left: PARACHUTE HELMET (Then two words crossed out) SIZE MEDIUM NATO STOCK NO. 8415-99-132-4577 (the last 7 ove

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

As issued to the British Army. The helmet is constructed from layers of ballistic nylon impregnated with PVB phenolic resins. It is designed to reduce air turbulence between the head and shell of the helmet. It is lighter than the GS Mark 6 infantry helmet (see IV.1617, 1619) but its performance is little lower. It has a NATO olive drab Infra red reflective coating.