Item:
ONSV4567

Original French WWI Model 1915 Adrian Helmet in Horizon Blue with Bullet or Shrapnel Hole

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of a genuine World War I M1915 French Army "Adrian" steel helmet. The helmet retains the original "dark horizon blue" paint inside and out, though it was probably repainted at arsenal at some point. It also has a hole in the rear skirt, made by a bullet or shrapnel, so it's possible that the soldier wearing this was injured during the conflict. The front of the helmet still has its original French "Flaming Bomb" badge. The badge has the standard R F on the "bomb", for Republique Francaise. This is the badge used on standard Infantry issue helmets.

The liner size is about a size 58 or 59, and it is in quite good condition, still soft with the original felt padding. It is attached firmly to the support clips on the helmet interior. The chin strap is present, but unfortunately in delicate condition due to age and lack of moisture while being placed over the front brim.

Overall condition of the helmet is nice, though it does show its age. The shell shows some minor dings, scratches and paint wear consistent with age and long service, in addition to the hole in the rear.  If you were looking for a nicely priced Adrian Helmet to fill out your WWI collection, this is a great chance!

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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