Spanish M38

General Information: The nomenclature for this model is not well established. It is most commonly referred to as the Model 1938, but is sometimes also called a Model 1934, or a “Eibar” or “Trubia” helmet. It was manufactured by the National Arsenal of Artillery at Trubia, hence the name “Trubia” for this model. The M38sContinue reading “Spanish M38”

US M-1 Fixed Bale

General Information: At the outbreak of the Second World War American soldiers were equipped with the M-1917A1, which was an updated version of the M-1917 helmet used by US armed forces in the First World War. Because of inadequacies of this helmet, the army sought to develop a new model. In late 1940 the USContinue reading “US M-1 Fixed Bale”

Italian M16

General Information: Initially, the Italians used French Model 1915 Adrian helmets imported from France. Starting in 1916, they produced a domestic version of the Adrian helmets. These were referred to in official documents as the Modello Lippman helmets after their designer.[1] The Lippmann helmet improved on the original French Adrian in several ways. It was madeContinue reading “Italian M16”

Czechoslovakian vz.30

General Information: The Czechoslovakian vz.30 was produced for export and mainly used by Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War, particularly the International Brigades. The vz.30 was also used by the Ethiopian Imperial Guard between 1935 and 1936.[1] This helmet has clear lineage from the Austro-Hungarian M17 and the vz30 can be thought of asContinue reading “Czechoslovakian vz.30”

Spanish M26

General Information: Collectors sometimes refer to the Spanish Model 1926 helmet as the “con ala” helmet which means “with wings” in Spanish. This is to distinguish it from the earlier, low-production, Model 1921 which had vertical rather than flared sides like the M26. The M21s are also known as the “sin ala” version. The M26Continue reading “Spanish M26”

British MKII

General Information: The British MKII was helmet most widely used by British soldiers in the Second World War. Ultimately twelve million were produced from 1938 to 1944.[1] Commonwealth countries Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa each produced their own version of the MKII. The MKII, or copies thereof, continued to see service inContinue reading “British MKII”

German M16

General Information: The German Model 1916 is widely considered to be the best helmet of the First World War in terms of its ability to protect the soldiers from head wounds. The one-piece construction provided a degree of structural integrity lacking in the four-piece French Model 1915 and the chromium-nickel steel composition was a strongContinue reading “German M16”

French M26

General Information: The French Model 1926 helmet was the main helmet used by French armed forces in the second world war. A large number of reissued Model 1915 helmets were also used. A transitional helmet, the Model 1923, was issued in limited numbers. In addition to the M26, specialty helmets were issued for armored, antiaircraft,Continue reading “French M26”

Spanish Export M35

General Information: The Eisenhuttenwerke firm in Thale produced 100,000 export versions of the Model 1935 for use in Spain. The helmets were not, as is commonly believed by collectors, left behind by the German Legion Condor; at least the great majority were not. This information came to light as a result of research done byContinue reading “Spanish Export M35”

Soviet SSh-40

General Information: The SSh-40[1] was the most widely used helmet in the history of the Red Army and was the basic helmet of the Soviet soldier in the Second World War. The SSh-40 was an improvement over the previous model, the SSh-39. Externally the helmets are nearly identical, but the SSh-40 had a liner systemContinue reading “Soviet SSh-40”