The Brodie helmet, called Helmet, steel, Mark I

M1917 helmet worn by members of the U.S. 5th Marine Regiment.

helmet in Britain and the M1917 Helmet in the U.S., was a steel combat helmet designed and patented in 1915 by the Briton John Leopold Brodie. Colloquially, it was also called the shrapnel helmet, Tommy helmet, or Tin Hat, and in the United States known as a doughboy helmet.

Brodie helmet in Days of InfamyEdit

The Brodie helmet was standard issue among the US forces stationed in Hawaii before the islands were lost, and the US Marines. Many Marines hated the new M1 Helmets they received, preferring the more familiar Brodie helmet, but quickly dropped their criticism after they realized that the old helmet couldn't protect as well as the M1.[1]

Brodie helmet in Southern VictoryEdit

The Helmet, steel, Mark I was the standard issued helmet for the British Empire at the start of the Great War, equipping British and Canadian soldiers alike. A version was also exported to the Confederacy who adopted it.

In the war's aftermath, the helmet was also adopted by the Confederate veterans' association, the 'Tin Hats.'

When the Freedom Party came to power in the CSA and started a rearmament program, the Mark I helmet was dropped for a newer coal-scuttle design.

Brodie helmet in The War That Came EarlyEdit

The Helmet, steel, Mark I was the standard issued helmet of the British Empire during World War II.

The U.S. military also used M1917 helmets but early in 1944, they replaced them with new "steel pot-shaped" ones.[2]

Brodie helmet in WorldwarEdit

The Helmet, steel, Mark I was the standard issue helmet for the British Empire, when the Race arrived in mid 1942. Many American veterans of the first world war remembered their old Brodie Helmets fondly, remarking how that they provided better protection from the rain when compared to their newer M1 Helmets.


  1. End of the Beginning, pgs. 45-46, HC.
  2. Last Orders, pgs. 279-280, HC.