Original Mexican WWII French-Made M26 Adrian Helmet with Infantry Badge - Complete
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine World War II M1926 "Adrian" helmet as used by the Mexican Army before and during WWII. It has an original Mexican Infantry badge on the front of the helmet. which shows crossed rifles over an infantry bugle, the Mexican WWII era emblem for Infantry units.
The double rivets on the front and sides of the helmet indicate that this was made under contract in France for Mexico, and the design is very similar to the French M1926 helmet. The main difference is the liner and liner attachment system, which is unfortunately not nearly as robust on the Mexican version. This example, like most we have seen, was completely missing the liner, and was fitted with a much newer replacement. The original chinstrap is present.
Overall condition of the helmet is good, the shell shows some minor dings, scratches and the olive green paint appears to have been reapplied. However these are quite hard to find, and a “must have” for the collector of Adrian Helmets
This is a good chance to get an original WWII Era Mexican helmet in good shape. Ready to display!
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In 1926 the Adrian helmet was modified by being constructed of stronger steel and simplified by having the main part of the helmet stamped from one piece of metal, and therefore without the joining rim around the helmet that characterizes the M15. The large ventilation hole under the comb, which had been a weak point of the old design, was also replaced with a series of small holes. The M26 helmet continued in use with the French Army until after World War II, and was also used by the French police up to the 1970s. During the interwar period Belgium began to produce their own domestically made M26 Adrians and exported them around the globe. These helmets can be distinguished from their French counterparts, because they have a slightly different comb and a wider rim. In other countries the Adrian-type helmets were also in use with the fire-fighting units, railway guards or marine infantry (e.g. Japan's SNLF). Adrian helmets are still prized by collectors today.
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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