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    Posted 5 years ago

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    In 1915, an official protective helmet was introduced and it has been forever tied to its creator, Intendant-General August-Louis Adrian. His design was based on helmets used by Parisian firefighters. His creation resulted in a rather complex helmet that consisted of several individual stamped pieces that were riveted and/or welded together.

    The actual design comprised an oversized skullcap, a two-piece brim leather band with additional fingers to provide padding that were held together by a drawstring to add support for the wearer. This rested on a tin corrugated metal sheet that was designed to provide both additional ventilation and suspension while the leather chinstrap was attached to a pair of fixed D-rings on each side of the helmet.

    The actual thickness of the steel of the M15 was a mere 0.7mm, which was actually even lighter than the contemporary fire helmets, but still provided a great service to the wearer. Five factories began manufacturing these helmets, and by the end of 1915 more than three million helmets were produced and distributed to the French army.

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    1. JimmyC JimmyC, 5 years ago
      Very nice example BG so well done on a nice find ,looks great with the accompanying bayo and 1877 pattern francaise bidon

    2. battlegear battlegear, 5 years ago
      Thanks James, Im glad you liked it, the same type of helmet can be seen in the WW1 movie classic from 1930 "ALL QUIET on THE WESTERN FRONT" I also need to find a German M16 steel helmet to go with my collection.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      VERY NICE battlegear :)

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