One of the most debilitating effects of the tropics on men serving in them was the risk of tropical diseases. Many of these were carried by Mosquitos, the most dangerous of which was malaria. To combat the threat the British military spent a lot of time, effort and money developing a variety of ways of combatting this little insect.
As well as insect repellents and insecticides, personal protection was developed such as gloves and boots to keep the insects at bay. One of the most awkward parts of the body to protect though was the head, whatever was developed needed to be light, flexible, see through and allow a man to fight as un encumbered as possible. To do this a light weight net was created that could be worn over the helmet to protect the face. This design was then refined by the Indian army who added rattan hoops to keep the net away from the face:
The hood has cloth tapes to go under the arm pits to secure it and prevent Mosquitos flying under:
Inside is the standard Indian acceptance stamp showing this hood was made in 1943:The hood was also produced in green to go with the jungle equipment introduced later in the war, but one questions how useful they would have been on the battlefield.
This will be the last post for a couple of weeks as I am away training with the RNR, but don’t worry I will be back with new post after that…