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Unknown French Helmet

Article about: I picked this up this summer at a flea market for next to nothing. I know it is French but not sure for what? At first I thought it might be a dispatch riders helmet, but now I am not sure?

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    Default Unknown French Helmet

    I picked this up this summer at a flea market for next to nothing.
    I know it is French but not sure for what?
    At first I thought it might be a dispatch riders helmet, but now I am not sure?
    Anyone got a better idea?
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    Is it the 1915 three piece, missing two pieces .... the rim ?

    Adrian helmet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Wikipedia strikes again !!

    Gary J.

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    This one has me stumped, looks for sure WW1 period
    Regards
    René

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    Regards
    René

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    Well! It's Obvious, for Pete's Sake!(Whoever Pete was/is...) It's simply a French Football helmet....Those Frenchies played some Rugged football back then...

    Seriously, though-Gary is right, of course. It's a partially dismantled Adrian helmet..
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    did they do this to more? of the Adrian helmets because iv seen 2 more like this and one was apparently found in a bunker

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    Quite possible .....
    If the "visor/rim" got in the way, I see no reason why.
    The two piece rim could very easily be removed.

    As ever, the proof in the pudding, would be period photo's ...

    Gary J.

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    it could have been modified for use as a hard hat / miner's helmet

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    All options could be open post WW1 ...

    I think it was stripped post war to be used as a general hardhat/crash hat.

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    The first thing I thought of when seeing this is that it might be a modification of the mle15 for tank or mobile troops or even fortification troops. But so far I have not been able to prove my concept. Certainly the mle19 and mle33 helmets have similar liners with that corrugated band, but they also have a nape shield very similiar to that of the mle45 and its like, and a front bumper (again like the mle45) too. But I have peered closely at the pictures and cannot see any sign where either or both might have been. So maybe it really is no more than a partially dismantled mle15. But then again, maybe not.

    Go to .: World War Helmets - France :.

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