Hello Dean nice pickels I love that camo helmet you have there.
Thank you, too bad it has no liner, all my others have liners, but this is the brightest coloured one I have
I have some that are dated 1918. I was lucky enough to have met and interviewed a couple of vets and asked about the wearing of spikes after 1916. It appears that up until almost the very end of the war steel helmets were only worn at the front and the spikes were worn behind the lines. I have seen period photos showing soldiers some with spikes and some with steel pots standing together.I have to show these photos of the "Grey" one.
I did not know they still made these in 1917
It is my understanding the the German army never intended to do away with the spike at the war's end and production on them continued up to the last days. That the doing away with the spike was a result of the revolution and change in government at the end of the war.
If anyone has more information about the end days of the pickelhaube, please post, as it would be interesting reading.
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
Two nice additions to your collection!
Thank you again all!!! Great info oradour!!!
Very Nice dean.
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