French Infantry Model 1915 Adrian Helmet With Liner - Original For Sale
STANDARD. MULTI-PIECE M15 FRENCH ADRIAN HELMET IN ORIGINAL, DARK "FRENCH BLUE" FINISH. STILL FITTED WITH ORIGINAL LINER AND CORROGATED STEEL LIBNER BAND. SHOWS AVERAGE WEAR TO PAINTED FINISH BUT NO ABUSE OR DAMAGE. INFANTRY FRONT BADGE HAS BEEN REMOVED AND MAY HAVE BEEN DONE SO AT THE TIME OF USE AS WAS COMMON. CLASSIC WW1 HELMET USED BY BOTH FRENCH FORCES AND NUMEROUS AMERICAN UNITS TO INCLUDE THEAFRICAN-AMERICAN 92nd & 93rd DIVISIONS. THIS HELMET FORMED THE BASIS OF THE DESIGN FOR THE 93rd DIVSIONS SLEEVE PATCH. FRESH OUT OF AN OLD NEBRASKA ESTATE ALONG WITH AN M1917 "DOUGHBOY" HELMET & AN WWI BRITISH "BRODIE" HELMET USED BY AN AMERICAN IN THE 5th INFANTRY DIVISION.NEVER TINKERED WITH, CLEANED UP OR OTHERWISE MANIPULATED BY A COLLECTOR.
At the outbreak of World War I 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 smaller mortality rate among front-line soldiers. 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. Contrary to common misconception, the M15 helmet was not designed to protect the wearer from direct impact by rifle or machine gun bullets. The resulting headgear was credited to Intendant-General August-Louis Adrian. Because the new steel helmets offered little actual protection against bullets, some were reportedly among the first pieces of equipment being abandoned by the soldiers on the battlefield. It was also discovered that the badge placed on the front of helmets impaired the helmet's durability, which made several armies remove their national insignia altogether. Early helmets were painted blue for French troops and khaki for colonial forces.
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