Top 5 picks of iconic Great War helmets.
FIRST WORLD WAR relics are considered to be special not only because they bear witness to the event of a first ‘total war’ in which 20th century technology clashed with 19th Century tactics, but because in many cases they represent the first example of military technology still in use today, such as the modern steel helmet.
War reveals people at their best and worst, it amplifies human dilemmas, it is immensely destructive and an extreme human experience – and no more so than for the Great War. With the passing of Florence Green, the last serving veteran of the conflict in February this year, only the writings of authors and poets remain to bear witness to the events that unfolded at the beginning of last century.
Enter the WW1 collector, gathering key secondary evidence. Collecting may have started in response to being passed a relic from their Great Grandfather’s service, or it may have started proactively from a fascination with understanding the conflict causes, course and consequences. And what better collecting focus to have than the iconic steel helmets issued to all sides, each designed to uniquely identify the combatant as friend or foe.
The large number of head wounds caused by murderous exploding shells and fragmentation forced the combatant nations to develop the modern steel helmet, led by the French, who introduced the Adrian helmet in 1915. It was quickly followed by the Brodie helmet, worn by British Imperial and U.S. troops, and in 1916 by the very distinctive German Stahlhelm, a design, with improvements, still in use today.
Here are our top 5 picks of iconic Great War helmets we think any serious WW1 collector should aspire to own: Read More >>