Gills helmetJuly 8 2008 at 4:15 PM
|Roger Lucy |
Response to Re: Pte Verne Warren Essex Scottish....
Actually the A P is probably the batch number, as GSW ran through the alphabet and had to start at A and another letter, I have an example marked A D. A P seems to be about as far they got. GSW received no contracts to produce helmets in 1942. Any production that year would be winding up the last contract they were awarded in 1941. All subsequent GSW production was mild steel helmets for the ARP (with welded lugs -like the one used as a model for the helmet on the Unknown Soldier's tomb).
So Gill could have received this helmet, and presumably sometime in 1943, while in Newfoundland, he would have turned it in for an M1 which in due course he would have swapped again when he went overseas.