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Object Name Helmet, Army
Subject Military
Military Uniforms
Category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Sub-category Need to Classify
Accession Number 1972.057.004
Donor Geo. A. Jones
Description Air Raid Precaution helmet for civilians; used in WWI & WWII

Provenance Air raid attacks were an unfortunate part of both World Wars. Fearing that the bombing of civilian areas would increase in future wars, the Air Raid Precautions Act (A.R.P.) was issued by the British government in 1937. This act appointed an air raid warden to advise locals of air raid precautions, enforce nighttime "blackouts", monitor and report bomb damage, and to help coordinate the response of other civil defense services. They wore steel helmets that protected them from shrapnel and debris, and had a "W" painted on the front. This Canadian helmet is most likely from British stocks and is very similar to both air raid warden helmets and the combat helmets worn by soldiers during the First World War. Canada was fortunate enough to not fall victim to any air raid attacks, but these A.R.P. helmets were still issued to civilians just in case.