Helmets of the Home Front - New book

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  1. 2 Black Bands

    2 Black Bands Active Member

    A little bit of self promotion never did anyone any harm (I hope!)

    I’m delighted and a little relieved to advise that our book “Helmets of the Home Front” is now finished and I’m leafing through a copy. It is a BIG book with 362 full colour pages and includes over 1,000 different helmet markings so please don’t expect one-helmet-per-page! The aim of the book is to provide an introduction to the myriad of markings (lettering and “ranks”) applied to the helmets of the brave civilians who went about their business during the intense attacks on Britain during the war years. It has sections on the helmets themselves, including the “Zuckerman” and commercial variants as well as attachments such Gas Curtains, lamps and carriers. However the main focus is the markings applied, the rules which governed them and the changes they went through as the war progressed. It includes colour photographs of many previously unseen examples as well as period photographs. The markings are covered on a per-Service basis including:-

    Fire (AFS, NFS, Guards, Watchers and Parties)


    Industrial ARP

    Police (inc. Observer Corps)

    Health related Services (Medical Officer of Health, Casualty Services, FAP, Ambulance, SP, Hospitals and supporting voluntary services)

    Gas and Decontamination Services

    Repair Service

    Headquarters and Control (inc. Regional Column, Mutual Support, Transport, ARP etc.)

    Incident management & Messenger Service

    Rescue Service

    Many collectors (some of whom are here too) kindly provided access to their extensive collections and photographs to make this the first book on this hitherto under-documented topic in the book world.

    As it’s a self-published work it’s unlikely to make it to the shelves of the major book sellers but it is available directly from me (PM please) – the Retail Price is £65.

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  2. 2 Black Bands

    2 Black Bands Active Member

    30 years.....and not one reply?!..........'guess that helps me decide re Book 2.... :)

    Seriously, my thanks to the Likers...........and of course to those who've actually taken the leap........
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I'm sure it's an amazing book.
    I does look a fascinating tome.
    A little bit too niche for me I have to say.
    Good luck with it though.
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Well done and good luck

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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    best take out the @ and replace with at
  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I didn't comment initially as I'm trying to resist...my chaotic version of collecting really doesn't need another side-track :whistle: I suspect that if I saw the book close up, the wallet would soon open.
  8. 2 Black Bands

    2 Black Bands Active Member

    Thanks all.

    Just received positive feedback from the “Britain at War” magazine (September, page 100).
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2019
  9. 2 Black Bands

    2 Black Bands Active Member

    Aren't books great Christmas presents.............;)
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019 at 11:01 AM
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