Helmet Dictionary



A
Ausschuss ('Surplus materiel', Military surplus items are stamped with an 'A' in German speaking countries.)
ABL
ArmŽe Belge/Belgisch Leger (Belgian army)
ACH
Advanced Combat Helmet (USA)
ACU
Army Combat Uniform. The new combat uniform of the US Army, introduced in April 2005. Made of a digital all terrain camouflage material.
Air Vent
A hole in the helmet for ventilation.
Example: German infantry helmets of the world wars.
AMC
Austin Motor Co, Cowley (British helmet manufacturer)
AR CADPAT
Arid Regions CADPAT
ARVN
Army of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnamese army)
AUSCAM
Australian Camouflage pattern
Bail
As in Fixed Bail and Swivel Bail - From: The arched handle (as of a pail or kettle).  Used for attaching chinstraps.
Example: U.S. M-1 helmets.
BDU
Battle Dress Uniform (USA).
Bead
A raised, belt-like embossing around the circumference of a helmet.
Example: French M1915 Adrian
BF
F. C. Bellinger, Fulda (German WWI helmet manufacturer)
BGS Bundesgrenzschutz
BH&G
Barrow Hepburn & Gale Ltd (British liner manufacturer)
BMB
Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd, Dagenham (British helmet and liner manufacturer)
Bowl
The main, upper part of a helmet, which protects the top of the head.
Brim
The part of a helmet that flares out below the bowl.
Example: German infantry helmets of the world wars.
BW
Bundeswehr
C
Clydesdale Stamping Co Ltd, Dudley (British helmet manufacturer)
CADPAT Canadian Disruptive Pattern
CBV
Centrala BeklŠdnadsverkstaden (Swedish government uniform manufacturer)
CCE
Camouflage Centre Europe  (French camouflage pattern)
CCL
Christy & Co Ltd (British liner manufacturer)
CF
Civilforsvaret (Danish Civil Defence)
Chinstrap
An adjustable strap of leather or web that fits under the wearer's chin.  The chinstrap is secured to the helmet in some fashion.
C/LC
Canadian Lamp Company (Canadian helmet manufacturer)
ckl
Eisen- und HŸttenwerke A.G., Thale (German helmet manufacturer) Alternative code.
CUU
Combat Utility Uniform (US Navy and USMC)
DCU
Desert Camouflage Uniform (USA)
DP&H
Department of Pensions & Health. Was responsible for the Air Raid Precautions Service. (Canada)
DPM
Disruptive Pattern Material
EC&Co Ltd
E Camelinat & Co Ltd, Birmingham (British helmet manufacturer)
EF
Emaillierwerk A.G., Fulda (German helmet manufacturer) Alternative code.
ERDL
Environmental Research and Development Laboratories (U.S.)
ET
Eisen- und HŸttenwerke A.G., Thale (German helmet manufacturer)
F&L
Fisher & Ludlow Ltd, Birmingham (British helmet manufacturer)
FMI
Forsvarets Materielintendantur (Danish materiel administration)
FS
Emaillierwerk A.G., Fulda (German helmet manufacturer)
GSW
General Steel Wares (Canadian helmet manufacturer)
HBA
Heeresbekleidungsanstalt (Organisation responsible for personal equipment of the Austrian Army)
HBH
Harrison Bros. & Howson, Sheffield (British helmet manufacturer)
HBT
Herring bone twill
hkp
SŠchsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke, Lauter (German helmet manufacturer) Alternative code.
HRN
Hans Ršmer, Neu-Ulm (German maker of helmet liners)
Industrivern
Factory Defence (Norway).
JCS & W Ltd
J Compton  Sons & Webb Ltd (British liner manufacturer)
JSS
John Sankey & Sons, Bilston (British helmet manufacturer)
KL
Koninklijke Landmacht (The Royal Dutch Army)
KR
Katonai RendšrsŽg (Hungarian Military Police)
Liner
The interior part into which the wearer's head fits. Usually made of leather or web material.
MARPAT
Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform Pattern. Trade Mark for the digital camouflage patterns (Woodland and Desert) used by the US Marine Corps.
MCCUU
Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform. Made of MARPAT material. (USA)
MICH
Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (USA)
MP
Military Police
N
Norge ('Norway', Helmets for Norwegian Police troops, trained in Sweden during WWII, are marked with a white 'N' left and right.)
'N' Ltd
SE Norris Ltd (British liner manufacturer) ?
NS
Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, Schwerte (German helmet manufacturer) WWI-WWII code.
NSB
Norges Statsbaner (Norwegian State Railways)
NVA
Nationale Volksarmee (East German Army)
NVA
North Vietnamese Army
OC
Obrona Cywilna (Polish Civil Defence)
OCA
Outboard Covers Australia?  (Helmet cover manufacturer)
OD
Olive drab
OECD
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OPFOR
Opposition Forces (Enemy force in an excercise)
P
(Bulgarian military police)
PASGT
Personal Armor System Ground Troops
Pin-and-Hole Buckle
A chinstrap buckle with a prong or pin for insertion in holes on the opposite strap.
Example: German helmets of the world wars.
PM
Polic’a Militar (Military police in Spanish)
Q
F.W. Quist GmbH, Esslingen (German helmet manufacturer)
Raw Rim
A rim without a crimped metal cover.
Examples: Swedish M1926 and German M1942.
Rim
The lower extreme edge of a helmet.
Rim Cover
A crimped metal cover for steel helmets; a hard rubber cover for non-metallic ballistic combat helmets.
Examples: The British Mk.I through Mk. V steel helmets; The Israeli M1976 ballistic helmet.
RO & Co
Rubery Owen & Co Ltd, Darlaston (British helmet manufacturer)
SAF
Singapore Armed Forces
SE
SŠchsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke, Lauter (German helmet manufacturer)
Seyntex
Belgian textile company. Maker of helmet covers.
Shell
The helmet without it's liner.
Slide Buckle
A buckle without a prong or pin, for sliding chinstraps.  Example: French Adrian helmets.
SNL
SE Norris Ltd (British liner manufacturer)
Split-pin Rivet
A rivet with two prongs, or pins, bent outward at the ends.
Example: German infantry helmets of the world wars.
SPP
Specialty Plastic Products (U.S. helmet producer)
Suspension System
The combination of a helmet's liner and chinstrap.
TTC
Teddy Toy Company Ltd (British liner manufacturer)
T.V.
Televerket (The Swedish state telephone company). Circular stamp in helmet liners with the crowned letters T.V.
TW CADPAT Temperate Woodland CADPAT
UN
United Nations
U SCH
Heinrich Ulbricht's Witwe, Schwanenstadt (Austrian helmet manufacturer)
VB
Verblifa, Vereenigde Blikfabrieken (Dutch helmet manufacturer)
VDN
Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke (German helmet manufacturer) Modern code.
Visor
The front brim if a helmet, above a wearer's eyes.
VMC
Viceroy Manufacturing (Canadian maker of helmet liners)
VoPo
Volkspolizei (East German police)
WD
William Dobson & Son, Birmingham (British helmet manufacturer)
WSW
Wojskowa Służba Wewnętrzna (Polish military police)
ZW
Zandarmeria Wojskowa (Polish military police)


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