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WWI German Helmet M16 18 Gauge Steel W/ Leather Liner
WWI German Helmet M16 18 Gauge Steel W/ Leather Liner

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In 1916 the M1916 steel helmet was introduced to the Imperial German Army replacing the Pickelhaube. From 1842 until 1916 the Pickelhaube was the standard helmet of the German Empire. However, the boiled leather construction of the Pickelhaube and metal spike proved to be ineffective in trench warfare. While the leather Pickelhaube offered adequate protection against sabers it was tragically ill suited to protect against shrapnel, and the metal spike made the wearer an easy target. In addition to the short comings of the helmet Germany's supply of leather was quickly dwindling and alternative material was needed to construct the Pickelhaube.

In 1915 the French became the first army to issue steel helmets. In the same year Dr. Friedrich Schwerd began to study of the head wounds suffered during trench warfare and submitted a recommendation for steel helmets. Schwerd was ordered to Berlin and began work on producing a new helmet. In February 1916 the M16 was issued to the troops at Verdun. Due to the new helmet design the incidence of head injuries decreased dramatically.

This is a replica M16 World War I German Helmet. The helmet is perfect for WWI enthusiasts, military collectors, and re-enactors. Constructed from 18 gauge steel, the helmet is a faithful reproduction of the original M16 and includes a leather suspension liner, leather head band and ventilator lugs.
  • Total Width:9.5 "
  • Material:18 Gauge Steel
  • Internal Circumference:22 "
  • Fittings:Leather Suspension Liner and head band
  • Condition:Brand New

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