WW1 French Adrian Tank Officers Crew Helmet

WW1 French Adrian Tank Officers Crew Helmet

WW1 French Tank Crew Helmet

WW1 French Adrian Tank Officers Crew Helmet

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WW1 French Tank Crew Helmet

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WW1 French Adrian Tank Officers Crew Helmet

WW1 Tank Crew , Officers helmet , made similar to the Adrian but with no rim. Also the badge is missing , but you can see the shape and outline of the badge.

Clean outside shell, no liner,

The outer shell has no dents, and there is some paint remaining to the inside.

The Adrian helmet (FrenchCasque Adrian) was an influential design of combat helmet originally produced for the French Army during World War I. Its original version, the M15, was the first standard helmet of the French Army and was designed when millions of French troops were engaged in trench warfare, and head wounds from the falling shrapnel generated by indirect fire became a frequent cause of battlefield casualties. Introduced in 1915, it was the first modern steel helmet[1][2] and it served as the basic helmet of many armies well into the 1930s. Initially issued to infantry soldiers, in modified form they were also issued to cavalry and tank crews. A subsequent version, the M26, was used during World War II.

The helmet adopted by the army was made of mild steel[6] and weighed only 0.765 kg (1 lb 11.0 oz)), which made it lighter and less protective than the contemporary British Brodie helmet and the German Stahlhelm. Orders were placed for the helmets in the spring of 1915 and started being issued by July. By September, all frontline troops in France were issued with the helmet.[7] The helmet was surprisingly complex to produce with seventy stages involved in its production, not including those required to prepare the metal. The slot for the badges and the distinctive crest took additional time to manufacture, while also adding a hundred grams of weight. However, the helmet was deliberately designed this way to evoke the artistic style of the highly popular military artist Édouard Detaille, which helped raise the morale of the troops. Indeed French troops identified quite closely with their helmets. The helmet’s light weight was also better suited to France’s emphasis on mobility and was easier for soldiers to wear for extended periods.[8] In addition to the helmet, a set of armored “epaulets” were also developed by Adrian and issued to defend against shrapnel and air-dropped darts, although they were not in common use.

WW1 French Adrian Tank Officers Crew Helmet

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