This WWI painted helmet replica is constructed of 18-gauge steel with lugs and a leather reproduction liner. Approx. Size 7-7/8.
HISTORY: At the beginning of WWI, soldiers had no head protection other than their cloth and leather caps. But after the war became centered on trench warfare, the number of casualties suffering from severe head wounds increased dramatically on both sides. The French were the first to see the need for more effective protection. In late 1915, they began to issue Adrian Helmets to their troops. The British followed suit with the Brodie Helmet-- which was also worn by U.S. forces--and the Germans developed the Stahlhelm (German for "steel
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Helmet"). The Imperial German Army began to replace the traditional Pickelhaube (spiked helmet) with the Stahlhelm in 1916, and this Camp Pattern helmet followed in 1917.
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