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#1 Proud Kraut

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:01 PM

...and is that an unique item or standard issue?

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:17 PM

...and is that an unique item or standard issue?

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There were some very rare prototype helmets and that one reminds me of the photographs I have seen of them.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:30 PM

knighthelm.jpg

The caption for that photo says "Miller wears a special helmet to accommodate her camera as a war correspondent in World War II."

Having that cutaway section would make it a lot easier to get your eye to the camera viewfinder.

That helmet is somewhat similar to this one as shown at http://www.nyc-techw...can_helmets.htm

American Model 8 Steel Helmet

This experimental helmet features a visor to protect the wearer's face almost completely. The manufacture of this helmet, the Model 8, was undertaken by Ford Motor Company in November 1918. About 1,300 helmets of this model were produced. It featured a three pad liner system similar to the one found in the Model 2.


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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:34 PM

Thank you for this informations!
I asked because I have never seen this helmet worn by any combat photographers I have seen pictures of. So it is my understanding that this was a prototype, not used widely.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:29 PM

They were made for photographers so they could tilt the front brim up to look through theyre camera, I have seen pics of these, one is in Steel Pots on page 153, it shows one in use and the special liner that went with it.....mike

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 05:25 PM

It's for real. It appears like the visor has been decorated to give it a more "knightly" look. I think I've seen some documentary footage of one of these in use but I can't remember where.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 04:29 AM

My understanding is they were made by the unit for this purpose.
Not an Army production or trial modl.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:27 AM

I have seen such a helmet in a museum in the Normandy, but I can't remember in whitch museum it was!


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