M16 Stahlhelm
M16 Stahlhelm €71,95

M16 Stahlhelm

Made of thick tough steel. Liner and chinstrap included. Available in four sizes.

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Material: steel

In the First World War, good helmets were needed. After all, in a modern war the head of the soldier is the most vulnerable of all body parts. When soldiers stick their heads above the trenches, they are an easy target. The German standard helmet of 1914, the Pickelhaube, made of several layers of leather, was not only vulnerable but also visible through a peak on the top, which made it very easy for the snipers. This peak was originally developed to ward off blows from sabers. In addition to bullets, many soldiers were wounded in the head by shrapnel. General Hans Gaede insisted on developing a new helmet and finally designed one himself. In 1915 the French had also introduced their steel adrian helmet and the British their brodie helmet.

Gaede's helmet was made of steel and covered the head, forehead and nose. However, he was also very heavy. Frederich Schwerd and Dr. August Bier designed a new helmet that included some features of Gaede's helmet. This became the Stahlhelm M1916. The two helmets in the photo below are beautifully camouflaged, in German "Mimikri-Tarnanstrich". The helmet was used in Verdun and proved to be a great success. The helmet had become the standard helmet of the German army by 1917.

The helmet consisted of a steel outer plate with a lining inside. This was secured with three nails on the inside. It was of cardinal importance that the head did not hit the helmet, as an impact could cause a dent that still injured the soldier. The helmet also had a protrusion with a ventilation hole, on which an additional steel plate could also be attached: the Stirnpanzer. The Stirnpanzer helmet weighed 3.7 kg and could hold projectiles launched from 50 meters. There was also an extra armor for the body: the Grabenpanzer. By the way, Stirn and Grabenpanzers were only carried by soldiers who were vulnerable to enemy fire (sniper, sentry post), and were therefore only used in the front lines. The biggest plus of the helmet was that it covered the temples of the soldier. Later designs left the ears free so that the hearing was not hindered too much.
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