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WWI French Adrian Helmet M 15, With Sapper Badge 1915

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    Posted 6 years ago

    fortapache
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    Another in my series of photos I took but never posted. Also another where I try and give the entire description in the title line.
    Sappers generally dug tunnels to enemy fortifications which would be filled with explosives. But some say any combat engineer would be considered a sapper.
    The liner is mostly intact just missing the connectors that go inside the top.
    This is the model M 15 made beginning in 1915. Should I be mistaken I am happy to amend my description.

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    Comments

    1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Very nice Fort !!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      I have only handled 1 of these a real long time ago. As I remember, the metal was rather thin compared to Brit. German & some others. Is my memory correct?
    3. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      I think you may be right blunderbuss. It does seem fairly thin and gets dents you wouldn't see on the German, British and American Helmets.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      And thank you very much Manikan.
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Actually, the Amer. helmet shells were pretty thin. That's why I didn't mention them before. Of course none of them back then would take perpendicular shot from a .30 cal. or 8 m/m. They seemed more for deflecting shallow angle shots & falling things. Then of course, you can't load down a guy with a 5 lb. helmet on top of 70-90 lbs of gear. LOL
    6. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      My American helmet is a WWII Civil defense helmet that is the WWI style. Probably wasn't made in WWI but it my only thing for comparison. And yep just for falling pieces of stuff kicked up by an artillery shell.
      An actual bulletproof metal (or really resistant) helmet would be just a tad heavy.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you
      bobby725
      vetraio50
      officialfuel
      GeodeGem
      Trey
      aghcollect
      SEAN68
      Manikan
      blunderbuss2
      vintagelamp
    8. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you Chrisnp and mizzpeppa.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you RonM.
    10. battlegear battlegear, 6 years ago
      the French Mle15 looks sharp on the parade ground, but it's probably the thinnest lightest steel helmet ever made, not much stronger than a tin can and dents easily, Im surprised the military would ever adopt such a fragile designed steel combat helmet? I would feel more comfortable with a US M1917 Doughboy helmet, but it's still a very interesting helmet for collecting and looks nice on display.
    11. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much battlegear. I appreciate your input.
    12. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you
      kerry10456
      SEAN68
      battlegear
      surfdub66
    13. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much petey. Glad to see you back.
    14. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you trunkman.

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