Steel helmet with letters 'SP' on front and back.

Part of an Australian Air Raid Precautions Civil Defence uniform 1941-1945. According to the donor, 'SP' stands for 'stretcher party'. The uniform was worn over civilian clothes.

Although in this instance the letters'SP' apparently stand for 'stretcher party','SP' on military uniforms may alternatively stand for Service Police (the military police of the British Armed Forces), Shore Patrol (US Navy) or Security Police (USAF).

Physical Description

Steel helmet with brim all round, slighly oval in shape. Button at top of crown. Kahki twill and cloth chin strap, gathered near helmet on either side, with rectangular metal buckle for adjustment. Inside support of faux leather, to hold the helmet tight and away from the head.

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