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Several Commonwealth nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, produced local versions of the MK II, which can be distinguished from those made in Britain.
During this period, the helmet was also used by the police, the fire brigade and ARP wardens in Britain.
By early 1916, about a quarter of a million had been made, and the first action in which the Brodie was worn by all ranks was the Battle of St Eloi, in April.
The weight of a Mark I helmet was approximately 1.3 pounds (0.59 kg).
The Brodie helmet is a steel combat helmet designed and patented in London in 1915 by John Leopold Brodie.
In modified form it became the Helmet, steel, Mark I in Britain and the M1917 Helmet in the U. Colloquially, it was called the shrapnel helmet, Tommy helmet, tin hat, and in the United States the doughboy helmet.
Brodie's patent deals mainly with the innovative lining arrangements; an engineer called Alfred Bates of the firm of Willis & Bates of Halifax, Yorkshire, manufacturer of Vapalux paraffin pressure lamps, claimed that he was asked by the War Office to find a method of manufacturing an anti-shrapnel helmet and that it was he who had devised the basic shape of the steel shell.
Aside from some newspaper articles, there is nothing to substantiate Bates's claim.