Spiked Helmets Worn for Military Fashion not Function
The early Imperial German Empire took much pride in fashionable uniforms and headgear for its military, often choosing ornamental gear over more practical pieces. Brass helmets with colorful plumes, exotic bearskin and other exotic furs were made to create a sense of wealth and power. Grenadiers, or “grenade men,” wore high peaked hats to create […]
Collecting U.S. Naval Uniforms from the Second World War
When I was younger, we used to have this debate: If you were in combat in the Second World War, which branch of service would you want to be in. With me, it always came down to survival, so I usually ended up choosing the U.S. Navy. My reasoning went something like this: You definitely […]
Military Headdresses: The Ultimate Fashion Statement
While new trends in fashion can provide something to talk about, depending exactly on the statement new fashion is trying to make. It’s hard to believe that just 200 years ago, men’s militia hats were a fashion statement too. Militia groups were formed by men of means who banded together to form troops of cavalry, […]
German World War II Police helmet
Pictured is a World War II German model 1934 Police helmet. The helmet has double decals on either side. One decal is the German Eagle with swaztica in silver and black and wreath of silver and black surrounded in black with a silver colored border representing the German nation.
German World War One Pilot’s helmet
During the First World War flight was in it’s infancy. Many people had only read about airplanes and the many new inventions relating to flight. New aviation inventions were develped by Germany, France Great Briton, Italy, Austria-Hungary Russia and the U.S. Airplanes at the begining of the war were used mainly for reconnaissance of the enemies supply lines and trench forifications.
Italian World War II Chrome helmet
The Italian Army wore the French Adrian helmet during World War I, eventually producing its own version known as the Model 1916. All that changed after Benito Mussolini came to power in 1925.
Book Review: M-1 Helmet of the WW2 US GI
I’ve been visiting Peter Oosterman’s site (www.m-1helmet.com) for a while because, in my opinion, it is the nicest looking militaria-related site on the web. When I heard he was publishing a book on M1 helmets, I was eager to purchase a copy. My expectations were high because the book cost $119.90 (including international postage), but it ended up being money well spent.