10 Facts About Stahlhelm


Stahlhelm is a German military steel combat helmet intended to provide protection against shrapnel and fragments of grenades.

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The term Stahlhelm refers both to a generic steel helmet and more specifically to the distinctive German military design.

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Design of the Stahlhelm was carried out by Dr Friedrich Schwerd of the Technical Institute of Hanover.

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Versions of the M1935 Stahlhelm were sent to Republic of China from 1935 to 1936 and the M1935 was the main helmet of the Chinese Nationalist Army during World War II.

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Stahlhelm was introduced into regular service during the Verdun campaign in early 1916.

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Originally painted Feldgrau, the Stahlhelm was often camouflaged by troops in the field using mud, foliage, cloth covers, and paint.

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M1918 Stahlhelm can be distinguished from the M1916, as the M1918 shell lacks the chinstrap rivet on the lower side of the helmet skirt found on earlier models.

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In 1934 tests began on an improved Stahlhelm, whose design was a development of World War I models.

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West German M-56 Stahlhelm was a direct copy of the US M1 helmet.

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M1A1 Stahlhelm remained in service until 1992 when the Bundeswehr replaced it with a PASGT-derived kevlar helmet called the Gefechtshelm.

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