Original French WWI M1915 Horizon Blue Adrian Mountain Trooper Chasseurs Helmet With Soldat De La Grande Guerre Plaque - Complete
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of a genuine World War I M1915 French Army "Adrian" steel helmet shell. The helmet retains the original "dark horizon blue" paint on both the interior and exterior, with the expected chipping and oxidation from age and use. The front of the helmet still has its original French "Hunting Horn" badge, with the standard R F on the center, for Republique Francaise. This horn is the insignia of Mountain Infantry called the Chasseurs alpine (alpine hunters).
Chasseur is the French term for "hunter", and was originally used to designate light infantry and cavalry units that were trained for rapid action in combat, beginning in 1743. They were considered elite units, and had more specialized tasks than the standard infantry. They could deploy quickly as advance scouts in times of need. By WWI, they were divided into the chasseurs à pied (hunters on foot) and chasseurs alpine (alpine hunters).
The front brim features a lovely “Soldat De La Grande Guerre 1914-1918” plate to commemorate the service of a “Soldier Of The Great War 1914-1918”. By a decree on December 18,1918, the French government awarded, in recognition, a helmet to every officer and soldier who served in the Great War. Article 1 of the decree provided that the recipient’s helmet bore the name and grade followed by the words “Soldier of the Great War 1914-1918”. Article 2 provided that the family of a deceased soldier could have applied for the helmet. This helmet plate does not bear a soldier's name on it.
Overall condition of the helmet is very good, with the expected patina of age. The shell shows some minor dings, scratches and paint wear consistent with age and long service. The leather chin strap shows signs of wear and age, but is still intact. The leather sweatband is somewhat degraded with minor separation.
A very nice example, ready to display!
The M15 Adrian helmet (French: Casque Adrian) was a combat helmet issued to the French Army during World War I. It was the first standard helmet of the French Army and was designed when millions of French troops were engaged in trench warfare, and head wounds from the falling shrapnel generated by the new technique of indirect fire became a frequent cause of battlefield casualties. Introduced in 1915, it was the first modern steel helmet and it served as the basic helmet of many armies well into the 1930s. Initially issued to infantry soldiers, in modified form they were also issued to cavalry and tank crews. A subsequent version, the M26, was used during World War II.
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