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Here is a new addition to my collection. 

A new Ww1 face armor for MG machine gunner (Splitterschutz). 

An extremely rare model improvised from the previous model I have posted allready. 

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On 03/08/2019 at 12:03, zuluwar2006 said:

Here is a new addition to my collection. 

A new Ww1 face armor for MG machine gunner (Splitterschutz). 

An extremely rare model improvised from the previous model I have posted allready. 

SplitterschutzStahlhelm-M16Pickelhaube1WKWW1.jpg

 

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On 15/07/2019 at 03:37, Jools mckenna said:

I would like to get the armour expects opinion of this. I have a photo of 2 named German officers and one of which is wearing something that looks like one of the french skull caps. Is it one or is my imagination?

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A French squad demonstrates how to wear the new skull cap.  The normal kepi would then be worn over top.  

The French Army had suffered massive casualties since August.  Medical personnel noted that many of the wounded and dead showed injuries to the head.  Shrapnel balls and bursting debris could easily maim or kill a man if they hit him in the head, and the cloth caps that soldiers wore offered no protection.  Even the spiked German pickelhaube helmet was only made from leather and offered no practical protection. 

One French general, Louis Adrian, proposed a solution to reduce the amount of casualties.  Adrian had noticed that reports from the front noted that mess tins, made from metal, usually stopped shrapnel and sometimes inadvertently saved lives. He designed a  metal skullcap, or une cervelière, to offer some protection.  At first, the French supply corps argued that the war would be over before any helmet could be issued, but Adrian persisted and the design was approved in December, and the condition that it be rudimentary and easy to make.  The first skullcaps were received on the front in January.

The little metal cap was intended to be worn under the kepi, the blue French infantry hat.  However, many troops took to wearing the skullcap on top for better comfort.  The little helmet, nicknamed “the brainpan” by the troops, was made in three sizes and had holes drilled in the sides so that it could be hung from a cord. The troops found that it made an alright pan for cooking, as well as an emergency chamber pot. 

700,000 were produced and 200,000 issued by February.  It offered better protection than nothing, but Adrian knew that something more developed was required, and set to work on a new infantry helmet.

 

 

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A very interesting photo of an Austro-Hungarian armored train. Note the size of the train compared to the soldier and the cannon positioned to defend the front side. The train was also provided laterally by some loopholes for machine guns. Eastern front. 

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Another photo from grabenpanzer

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Saxon infantrymen from either Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 101 or Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 101, pose outside a dugout capable of accommodating twelve soldiers. Testimony to the fact this is a frontline position are the 3 Grabenkeule (trench clubs) hanging on the walls of their trench. The prospect of hand-to-hand combat was quite real for these men.

Trench clubs were used by all sides and typically were manufactured in a regiment's Tischler Werkstattsomewhere behind the lines.

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An American soldier wearing a steel helmet with visor and a body armor. 

France, Boucq, 12 June 1918.

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A very rare photograph with a german soldier with a Trench club (grabenkeule). 

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