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Background imageHelmets Collection: Churchills praise for RAF Pilots

Churchills praise for RAF Pilots
" Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a speech made on 20th August 1940

Background imageHelmets Collection: Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock

Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock
London firefighters (with cork helmets) and Auxiliary Fire Service firefighters (with tin hats and AFS badges on their tunics)

Background imageHelmets Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageHelmets Collection: Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall
Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

Background imageHelmets Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageHelmets Collection: The Light Dragoons 1790 - 1992

The Light Dragoons 1790 - 1992
The evolving uniform of The Light Dragoons. From Left - 13th Light Dragoons 1790, 18th Light Dragoons 1810, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Marys Own) 1930, The Light Dragoons 1st December 1992

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageHelmets Collection: The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain
A circular painting depicting the brave men of the Royal Airforce on the ground and in action during the Battle of Briatin

Background imageHelmets Collection: Project Mercury 7

Project Mercury 7
The original 7 Project Mercury astronauts. Top row (l to r): Alan Shepard, V I Gus Grissom, L G Cooper. Front row (l to r) Walter M Schirra, D K Slayton John Glenn and Scott Carpenter

Background imageHelmets Collection: LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review

LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review
Lambeth, headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, hosted annual displays and regular reviews of the Brigade. A popular feature was the inclusion of the working Victorian Shand Mason horse drawn steam

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageHelmets Collection: Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1

Colonel Rollet, French Foreign Legion, France, WW1
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Frederic Rollet (1875-1941), General in the French Foreign Legion, Regiment de Marche. Seen here during the First World War, probably at Verdun, northern France

Background imageHelmets Collection: Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme

Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme
On 15th September 1916, Guards including the Coldstreamers, Grenadiers and the Irish, captured Martinpuich, formerly in German hands and Courcelette and over 2300 prisoners. 15th September 1916

Background imageHelmets Collection: Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute

Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute
Two Metropolitan Police officers relax on deckchairs in The Mall, Central London, waiting for a political demonstration over the Grunwick dispute to begin

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police Motorcycle Team at Crystal Palace

Police Motorcycle Team at Crystal Palace
The Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Team at Crystal Palace Centre. Five of the riders are wearing white corker helmets and all are riding White Triumph motorcycles with white legshields

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB changeover from brass to cork fire helmets

LCC-LFB changeover from brass to cork fire helmets
Two firemen in the foreground wearing new style cork helmets and Proto Mark IV breathing apparatus sets. The man on the right is from Station 34, Shadwell

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC

Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC
Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC. This photograph by Sub-Inspector C R C Turner shows Inspector A J Jones (Officer in Charge) and others at Walham Green

Background imageHelmets Collection: German helmet WWI

German helmet WWI
One of the many steel helmets from World War I which farmers still find when they are ploughing their fields

Background imageHelmets Collection: House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR

House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR
House to house fighting during the bitter battle amongst the ruins of the battered city of Stalingrad (Volgograd), USSR

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police in the Snow

Police in the Snow
A group of Metropolitan Police Officers stand in a line in the snow

Background imageHelmets Collection: The pier at Entebbe, Uganda - Lake Victoria

The pier at Entebbe, Uganda - Lake Victoria
The pier at Entebbe, Uganda on the shore of Lake Victoria with the steam ferryboats Clement Hill (on left) which was in service between 1906-36 and either the Winifred or Sybil (on the right)

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police Equipment

Police Equipment
Selection of Metropolitan Police equipment including truncheons, helmets, notebooks and whistles

Background imageHelmets Collection: Policemen in station parade room, London

Policemen in station parade room, London
Four policemen stand ready in their uniforms, with notebooks, whistles and truncheons, in the station parade room at Ruislip, north west London, watched by their commanding officer

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police Group 1864

Police Group 1864
Group of police officers wearing combed back helmets, in use between 1864 and 1870. Metropolitan Police

Background imageHelmets Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London

Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, with her three brothers (together with Sergeant Henry Pegler) in the yard of Crawford Place Police Station, London W1 -- the brothers are

Background imageHelmets Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London
A woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, at Kennington, London, wearing belted jacket (summer uniform), helmet with badge, white shirt and tie, and duty armband. Date: 1933

Background imageHelmets Collection: Metropolitan Fire Brigade helmet

Metropolitan Fire Brigade helmet
Metropolitan Fire Brigade brass helmet, used until replaced by a cork version in the 1930s

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet

LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet
A London fireman in his fire kit, including the new style compressed cork helmet with its LFB crest, which replaced the traditional brass helmets used since the days of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Background imageHelmets Collection: Firefighters outside a canteen van, Battersea, London

Firefighters outside a canteen van, Battersea, London
Firefighters in traditional brass helmets enjoying some refreshments outside a canteen van in Battersea Park, London, watched by a boy on roller skates. Date: 1937

Background imageHelmets Collection: General Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II

General Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II
The Chief of General Staff, General Helmuth von Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany observing the German troops in training. Date: 1914

Background imageHelmets Collection: Gifts from Germans following the Christmas truce, WW1

Gifts from Germans following the Christmas truce, WW1
British non-commissioned officers pose with gifts and souvenirs given to them by Germans after the informal truce which took place at certain points along the Western Front in December 1914

Background imageHelmets Collection: Futuristic underwater croquet

Futuristic underwater croquet. The players are all wearing diving helmets with oxygen packs on their backs

Background imageHelmets Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, London. She also had three brothers in the police force. In 1922, during the period of the so-called Geddes Axe when the government of the day

Background imageHelmets Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace

Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, outside Buckingham Palace on 2 January 1928. Her brother Sergeant Alfred William Clayden (second from left)

Background imageHelmets Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace

Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden (second from right), outside Buckingham Palace on 2 January 1928. Her brother Sergeant Alfred William Clayden (second from left)

Background imageHelmets Collection: Police group on Coronation Day, 1911

Police group on Coronation Day, 1911
A group of policemen pose for their photograph outside Hammersmith Police Station, west London, to commemorate the Coronation of King George V

Background imageHelmets Collection: London telephone exchange, WWII

London telephone exchange, WWII
Women telephone operators at a London telephone exchange with tin helmets, during World War II

Background imageHelmets Collection: The end of the Zulu wars

The end of the Zulu wars
Mounted Infantry skirmishing with Zulus in a sketch by an ILN special artist. British troops wearing pith helmets and carrying rifles showing British soldiers on the higher ground

Background imageHelmets Collection: LFB firefighters taking a tea break

LFB firefighters taking a tea break during their attendance at a fire. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageHelmets Collection: LCC-LFB Knightsbridge firemen, Wells Challenge Cup winners

LCC-LFB Knightsbridge firemen, Wells Challenge Cup winners for 1913. Front row: R J Nicholas, W H Sheldrick, Sub-Officer H C Griffiths, Station Officer J Smith, T H Coggan, D J O Leary

Background imageHelmets Collection: American football match, Army v Navy, Yankee Stadium

American football match, Army v Navy, Yankee Stadium
American football match between Army and Navy teams at the Yankee Stadium, New York City, USA, 12 December 1931. 1931

Background imageHelmets Collection: Metropolitan Police officer on his bicycle, Ferrier Estate

Metropolitan Police officer on his bicycle, Ferrier Estate
A Metropolitan Police officer, PC Percy Ungate, riding his bicycle along Moorehead (or Moorhead) Way, on the Ferrier Estate, a large housing estate in Kidbrooke, south east London

Background imageHelmets Collection: French Fireman 1850

French Fireman 1850
French firemen - (sapeurs-pomiers) Date: 1850

Background imageHelmets Collection: Soldiers writing home

Soldiers writing home
British soldiers on the Western Front write letters to home

Background imageHelmets Collection: Military Firemen - Turkish

Military Firemen - Turkish
Turkish Military Firemen in their uniforms

Background imageHelmets Collection: Roman Foot Soldiers

Roman Foot Soldiers
TWO FOOT SOLDIERS with ornamented helmets and shields, one with a curved horn

Background imageHelmets Collection: Royal Horse Guard Sentries - Life Guards, Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, London Date

Royal Horse Guard Sentries - Life Guards, Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, London Date: 1943



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