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Posted 2 years ago

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petey
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French WW11 steel helmet, in great condition, still with storage label attached. I do not speak French, but I think this a reserve police helmet, with the owners name on the lable.

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Very interesting! Petey, I have seen the same or similar ridge on WWI Belgian military helmets. When did these ridged helmets first come on the scene, and for how long were they used? What function did the ridge serve, please?

    I wonder if these would be MP's (military setting), or if they would be Auxiliary Constables (civilian setting).
  2. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking, blunderbuss2, BELLIN68, kerry10456, mrmajestic1, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, pw-collector, miKKoChristmas11, and in answer to your question miKKoChristmas11, I do not know much about these helmets but I believe they first came on the scene early in WW1, I think also similar helmets used by Italians and Russians, possibly some other countries as well. The comb on the top is partly decorative, but also allows for ventilation holes to be put at the top of the helmet, the comb covers them to stop rain getting in, whilst leaving a slight gap to allow airflow. I think this helmet probably civilian, but again I am not sure.
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thanks very much, Petey! Very interesting information!

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