|A DIGGERS BEST FRIEND IN WAR AND A POIGNANT REMINDER IN PEACE|
The symbolism of the Tin Hat is explained below.
|A steel helmet (“Tin Hat”) was very much a Diggers best friend during 1915-1918 and then World War II and the Korean War. No soldier exposed to shrapnel bullets or bomb fragments would be without his “Tin Helmet” or “Tin Lid”.|
Designed by John L Brodie and pressed from a single sheet of steel it saw service with all British Empire/Commonwealth Forces. Even the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) of World War I succumbed to its charms, and it also featured in early United States battles with Japan in the Pacific during World War II.
Legacy chose a replica of the military steel helmet c1923 to assist with the collection of donations from the public. “Tin Hats” are a reminder to us all that many families still suffer today from the impact of past wars. “Tin Hats” have remained as “silent, serving sentinels” ever since and a poignant reminder in peace of past and ongoing sacrifice.
All donations received via “Tin Hats” by Hobart Legacy Inc are used towards the financial assistance of Legacy widows and their dependants in southern Tasmania.
|‘He’s not wearing it still, but once it did protect him. Please help Legacy protect his family now.’ The original tin hat from Hobart Legacy.|
|Photograph supplied by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.|