US Navy Mk II talker helmet
|Mk II talker helmet|
the US Navy Mk II talker helmet, worn by the man in the background in the middle of the image
|Place of origin||United States of America|
|Used by||US Navy, US Coast Guard|
|Wars||World War II|
|Manufacturer||McCord Radiators Company|
In 1942, the US Navy decided to commission a special helmet for sailors posted on decks and tasked with transmitting orders by sound-powered telephone. The new helmet was to protect "exposed deck personnel" and accommodate a telephone headset; furthermore, it had to be usable while wearing a gas mask and binoculars.
The helmet was made of non-magnetic Hadefield manganese steel. Designated "USN MK-2", was at the time largest helmet ever used in US service.
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