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Helmet belonging to General Sir John Monash

John Leopold Brodie (designer), Thomas Firth & Sons, Sheffield (manufacturer)1916-18

Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne, Australia

The ANZAC's iconic slouch hat offered little protection from Shrapnel and bullets. It was soon discarded by frontline troops in favour of a steel helmet.

From 1916 until the end of the First World War, the Brodie helmet was issued to Australian soldiers serving on the Western Front. It offered greater protection to the wearer's head and shoulders from shrapnel bursting above trench lines than previous designs.

Sir John Monash is widely considered one of the First World War's outstanding commanders. On the Western Front his innovative tactics, combined with extensive and meticulous preparation, met with great success. In June 1918 Monash was given command of the Australian Corps. He planned and commanded the corps first battle at Hamel on 4 July. Monash's own description was succinct: 'all over in ninety-three minutes...the perfection of teamwork.' Further successes followed, notably at Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens. On 12 August, in a unique gesture, King George V invested Monash in the field with the Knight Commander of the Bath award.

Details

  • Title: Helmet belonging to General Sir John Monash
  • Creator: John Leopold Brodie (designer), Thomas Firth & Sons, Sheffield (manufacturer)
  • Date Created: 1916-18
  • Location Created: Sheffield, England
  • Physical Dimensions: 11.4 x 29.1 x 31.0 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: steel, leather, cotton wool, paint and sand

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