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C064174 FRENCH COLONIAL M15 ADRIAN HELMET.

BACKGROUND: The French were the first to have a general issue, "modern ", steel helmet in WWI and developed the classic "Adrian" style helmet in early 1915 followed by the British army later that year and by the Germanís in 1916. By September of 1915 most French front line personnel had received the helmet and by the end of the year over three million had been manufactured and distributed. Of note. France retained the style of the M15 through-out world war two, but improved the manufacturing process by stamping the crown and front and rear visors from one piece of manganese steel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Stamped three piece "Adrian" helmet, consisting of a manganese steel shell, an aluminum steel top comb and folded mild steel rim. Army of the Air ground crew helmet badge (Wings with star to center and RF (Republique Francaise). Original paint. No liner. Probably 1920's usage.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $179.00

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