Today we are happy to offer for sale an all-original World War II French Adrian M26 helmet.
The original M15 Adrian helmet 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 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.
The helmet is nicely crafted and detailed. It features a solid and heavy steel shell painted in army dark green with embossed DP (Defense Passive) insignia on the front. The interior features the original leather liner and chin strap.
Helmet is in good antique condition, with wear, oxidation, and patina commensurate with age. There is minor loss to painted finish. Leather elements have minor wear and scuffing. This rare Adrian helmet will make a great addition to any WWII memorabilia collection!
Dimensions: 12-1/4″ in length, 9″ in width, 6-1/2″ in height