Object Title

Helmet

Helmet

Date

1995

Object Number

IV.2059

Provenance

Purchased from Ebay, 20 March 2005

Physical Description

Of black fibreglass, shaped with a squarish top, flat medial ridge, flaring neckguard of even depth, face opening with a dip in the centre. Inside is a double ring of webbing, attached by rivets, with triple cross straps, an adjustable strap for the rear of the skull and a chin strap with clip fasteners. At the right is an oval moulded disc, with an outline map of Iraq and the legend 'Allah al-watan al ghataz' (Lord, homeland, leader). The exterior is generally scuffed and chipped.

Materials

Dimensions

HelmetDepth295mm
HelmetHeight215mm
HelmetWidth263mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Outline map of Iraq and the legend 'Allah al-watan al ghataz' (Lord, homeland, leader)Right side
Moulded

Associations

Places Iraq

Notes

The unit of Fedayeem Saddam (Sadddam's men of sacrifice) was founded by Saddam Hussain's son Uday Hussain in 1995. Reputedly numbering between 10,000 and 40,000. Uday was a fan of the Star Wars films, and the Fedayeen helmet was based on that of Darth Vader in the movies.