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Shiny 22-01-19 12:27 PM

Military Police Headgear
 
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Hi All,

I have shamelessly pinched these photos from the RMP museum's facebook page as I'm sure people on this forum will be interested in seeing them.

I know the museum curator certainly was on the forum so if he wants them taking down I will happily do so.

There are two photos, one showing the scarlet Broderick cap and the other showing (amongst other things) a helmet marked up with an MMP flash.

Michael

leigh kitchen 21-03-19 12:34 PM

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They're interesting items, my only military police headgear are a 1960's forage cap and two steel helmets, one a Mk IV, the other a Mk V.

The Mk IV:

Hawthorn 21-03-19 12:51 PM

Nice examples Leigh, like the pristine application of scrim to the netting, not quite the same as a pile of wet hessian strips dripping down the neck and shoulders after a night in the bottom of a trench, hey?

Simon.

leigh kitchen 21-03-19 12:56 PM

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The Mk V. The liner "sock" isn't the issue item, it's a cap comforter that has been opened at one end and had a hole cut in the side so that it can be worn as a balaclava.

leigh kitchen 21-03-19 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Hawthorn (Post 472955)
Nice examples Leigh, like the pristine application of scrim to the netting, not quite the same as a pile of wet hessian strips dripping down the neck and shoulders after a night in the bottom of a trench, hey?

Simon.

No, and no hessian cover daubed with boot polish.
Ah - I love the smell of "Cherry Blossom" in the morning...........

The stencils for these sort of helmet insignia are easily available nowadays so that's a bit of a worry.
One of Mike Chappells "The British Soldier in the 20th Century" books, no. 2 in the series, "Field Service Head Dress 1902 To The Present" has an illustration of an RMP helmet with the MP front badge, red band and a Lance corporal or corporals chevrons on the sides.

leigh kitchen 21-03-19 01:16 PM

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A 1969 dated cap, it's never had buttons or badge fitted so that's the way it stays.

sapper533 21-03-19 02:03 PM

Here's one of mine .....a bit of a favourite.
https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/fo...ctureid=163602

leigh kitchen 21-03-19 02:28 PM

Ah, a "Blue Cap", nice - I only have a few "Vulnerable Points" insignia, no headgear.

JBBOND 21-03-19 02:46 PM

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yet to get a Brodrick cap or any MP items except possibly a WWII pulp m/cycle helmet with red band but no badge.

Shiny 21-03-19 03:06 PM

There's some very nice items being shown here, I'd love to get a WW2 marked helmet and that blue cap is VERY nice.

Michael

Chacal 21-03-19 06:14 PM

Military Police forage cap c.1896
 
This Forage cap worn by Military Police NCOs from c.1896 was once a key part of my now largely long-gone military police collection.

https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/fo...ictureid=87755

Graham

Shiny 21-03-19 06:45 PM

Wow, there can't be many of those out and about.

Michael

leigh kitchen 21-03-19 06:55 PM

No, I know I keep saying it but "nice".
The progression of models of caps, berets and helmets would make a great display.

JBBOND 21-03-19 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Chacal (Post 472985)
This Forage cap worn by Military Police NCOs from c.1896 was once a key part of my now largely long-gone military police collection.

https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/fo...ictureid=87755

Graham


Very nice Graham, I have one pill box cap in my collection from that period, obviously not mp though.

Phil2M 22-03-19 04:23 AM

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I have a ladies cap :) and a gent's cap. I can't remember the dates.


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