GERMAN ARMY GROUP GAEDE HELMET
You have the chance to see displayed here what can be considered the ancestor of the German steel helmet. It was adopted in 1915 before the beginning of the production of the standard M16 helmet by the Army Group Gaede engaged in the Vosges Mountains. It consists of a metal mask designated to protect the front and the nose of the soldier, mounted on a leather skull cap. The skull cap was adjustable by a strap. Another strap secured the metal mask to the head. The ballistic steel, produced at the arsenal of Mulhausen, is very thick – 5 mm to 7 mm – making the helmet’s weight over 2 kg. 1500 Army Group Gaede helmets were manufactured. After the adoption of the M16 they were almost all withdrawn and metal re-used. This makes of this example an almost unique piece of history. There are probably in the world not more than 10 examples surviving of this rare helmet. This one is also in good condition with most of feldgrau paint still on. Designed to advanced collector or museum.