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There were a few on 1 July, mainly with trench sentries. The rest wore field caps and pickelhaubes. The steel helmets started to come in quantity late in July and especially in August and the months following.

Marty

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Maj Philip Neame VC, Brigade Major of the 168th Brigade, wrote that the first time he saw the coal scuttle type helmets was on the bombing parties used for counter-attacks at Gommecourt 1st July 1916

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On the subject of German helmets just a quick question here. The 'spike' on top of the pickelhaube,now i'm only a novice,no expert on these things,and i have heard quite a few rather hilarious comments as to its function.I cannot see it being of any practical use other than purely decorative,so what was it for?

regards,kevin

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Kevin

There is great expert on this out there and he is a member of this forum. Go to Colonel J's Pickelhaube website www.colj.com to find all you ever want to know about them - or send Joe an e mail through the forum.

Jack

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