Original Italian WWI Medic French Made M1916 Adrian Helmet

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Original Item: Only One Available. Excellent genuine World War I Model 1916 Italian Army "Adrian" helmet which was produced by the French. These are slightly different from the regular French M1915 Adrian helmets as they do not have a bead rim going around the base of the helmet bowl.

The helmet retains the original green paint which was over-painted in white with the an addition of a medic's red cross to the front. Features a wonderful complete original leather liner with wool backing behind the liner band which is characteristic of the Italian Model 1916 vs the French Model 1915. Offered in overall very good condition, with complete leather chinstrap. Shell shows some minor dings, scratches and paint chips consistent with age.

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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