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. The change was necessary because of the risk of electrocution with the brass helmet and the greater strength, protection and lightness offered by the new helmet.
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library
Development of trench warfare in France by Matania
Protecting the man and armouring the trench. French soldiers wearing the new steel helmet holding an armoured trench during a violent German artillery bombardment. The picture also shows how trenches themselves became further protected such as with the revolving steel cupola which was captured from the Germans and used by the French against the enemy. Scene shows a French armoured trench under heavy enemy fire. All the men are wearing the new steel helmets and are seeking shelter from the severe overhead bombardment. Drawn by Fortunino Matania from photographic material.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Fitters local protection
Photograph: Fitters local protection. Shows a White scout car fitted with a gun and a number of men lying on the ground aiming machine guns to the left of the photograph. From a photograph album containing 206 photographs compiled by Maj Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 1943. With captions taken from a separate index volume. Photographs are portraits and scenes of interest associated with World War Two, North Africa (1940-1943). Date: 1943
© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library