WW1 French M15 Infantry Adrian helmet

WW1 French M15 Adrian Infantry Helmet

WW1 French M15 Infantry Adrian helmet


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WW1 French M15 Infantry Adrian  Helmet

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WW1 French M15 Infantry Adrian helmet

Nice condition french Adrian M15 helmet, no liner i’m afraid, chinstrap is present but has some small tears,

Helmet comes complete with its RF badge (Republique Francaise)

Helmet also has a lot of its original paintwork, Horizon blue , which has darkened down over 100 years.There are no holes , this is a very sound helmet.

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.

At the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, soldiers in the French Army wore the standard kepi cap, which provided no protection against injury. The early stages of trench warfare proved that even basic protection of the head would result in a significantly lower mortality rate among front-line soldiers. By the beginning of 1915, a rudimentary steel skull-cap (calotte métalliquecervelière) was being issued to be worn under the kepi.[3]

Consequently, the French staff ordered development of a metal helmet that could protect soldiers from the shrapnel of exploding artillery shells. Since soldiers in trenches were also vulnerable to shrapnel exploding above their heads, a deflector crest was added along the helmet’s axis. Branch insignia in the form of a grenade for line infantry and cavalry, a bugle horn for chasseurs, crossed cannon for artillery, an anchor for colonial troops and a crescent for North African units was attached to the front
WW1 French M15 Infantry Adrian helmet
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