~ WW1 1st Pattern 4th Canadian Division Brodie Helmet c1917 ~
A WW1 1st pattern Brodie helmet of the 4th Canadian Division.
The 4th Canadian Division is a formation of the Canadian Army. The division was first created as a formation of the Canadian Corps
during the First World War.
The type A Mk 1 helmet is rimless with the irregular ‘wavy’ style brim. It has a ‘fingered’ oil skin liner and its original leather chin strap.
It is painted the traditional green to the interior but black to the outside. It has a painted green rectangle to one side which was the
formation patch of the 4th Canadian Division.
The rim of the helmet is stamped ‘BS’ for the manufacturer W.Beardmore & Co Ltd of Glasgow (1916–1919) and with the date of ‘1917’.
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet measures 32cm (12 ½ inches) by 29cm (11 ½ inches) with a depth of 10cm (4 inches).
It has an inner circumference of 70cm (27 ½ inches).
It weighs 850g.
~ Condition ~
The helmet has some dents and wear but is in an overall nice condition.
~ 4th Canadian Division ~
The 4th Canadian Division was formed in Britain in April 1916 from several existing units and others scheduled to arrive shortly
thereafter. Under the command of Major-General David Watson, the Division embarked for France in August of that year where they
served both in the Western Front in France and in Flanders until Armistice Day. The 4th Canadian Division was a part of the Canadian
Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which attacked and defeated the Germans, driving them from the ridge. As a result, the Canadians
became known as masters of offensive warfare and an elite fighting force.