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Catalog Number 1996.038
Description Civil Defense Air Raid Warden Helmet, c. 1942-1945. This metal helmet is round in shape and is painted in mottled brown. In front of the top center portion of the helmet's head, there is a blue circle with a red/white striped triangle, which is the symbol for Civil Defense Air Raid Warden. On the back of the helmet on the outside border, it is surrounded by metal bracket ends painted in white with each of them are tied to a gray cloth strap, which is connected to a gray fabric circle in the middle.. Surrounding in the middle, above the black fabric circle, is a gray leather head strap, which covers the portion of the head in the helmet. On the left and right metal ends of the helmet, the gray cloth straps are connected to a gray small leather chinstrap with a small metal loop bracket used for adjusting the strap on to the chin, and a metal nail holding the chinstrap together.
Object Name Hat, Hard
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Civil Defense Air Raid Warden Helmet, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
Provenance WWII air raid warden’s helmet, c l940’s, belonged to Capt. Edward Everett Eitel, Jr. Donor ‘s father.
Notes An air raid warden is "a civilian having special duties during an air-raid alert, as directing people to air-raid shelters." []

"Air Raid Wardens had several main duties that they were trained to perform, which were all very difficult and time consuming tasks. They had to supervise the blackout, and report people to the police who continually ignored it. They had to sound the air raid sirens so that everybody knew that they had to get to the shelter, as well as supervising people getting in and out of the air raid shelters. They also had to check that everybody had their gas masks, and that they were all fitting properly, as well as sounding alerts if there was a gas attack. In addition to this, they also had to evacuate people away from unexploded bombs, and report the bombs and other damage to the warden control center." []

"The Air Raid Warden is chosen carefully. The position of Air Raid Warden may be filled by either a man or woman, provided the person chosen is capable of performing the duties. One of the most important duties is to set an example of controlled activity and cool efficiency under all conditions. Training is given all Air Raid Wardens in gas and fire-bomb defense, first aid, and general organization of air-raid services. The stripes in the insigne of Air Raid Wardens signify "many duties"." [Smith, Cleveland H. and Taylor, Gertrude R. United States Service Symbols. p.97.]
Dimensions H-12.5 W-10.75 D-0.25 inches
Search Terms Air Raid Warden
Air Raid Warden’s Helmet
Civil Defense
Civilian Defense
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Civil defense
World War II