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Article about: For years I've wanted to ask someone... On German infantry helmets of (I believe) WW1 and WW2, you sometimes see on either side at approx. just above ear level, a sort of cylindrical "k

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    Question Novice helmet question

    For years I've wanted to ask someone...

    On German infantry helmets of (I believe) WW1 and WW2, you sometimes see on either side at approx. just above ear level, a sort of cylindrical "knob", which does not occur on all similarly designed helmets.

    What was the purpose of that knob?

    Having the answer, I will then retreat back into my ignorance of German militaria.
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    Hi, this was an air vent. It was used on the M1916 helmet. Some of these saw limited use in WW2.

    It also served as a mounting point for the armoured shield which could be fitted to the helmet for sniper use in WW1 only.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Bluehawk

    Further to Ades comment the smaller the helmet the larger the studs as the shield was only made in one size, so a German pal said, sounds fair enough?

    Jock

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    Whew... at long last, I now know what the heck those were for.

    You cannot imagine for how long I have had that on my mind.

    Thanks!
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    Here is a model of the fellows in their M1916s and a replica of one
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    The air vent was sometimes unpopular with the troops. It could create a whistling sound in the ears due to the wind. As a result the men would occasionaly block the vents with paper or mud.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    The air vent was sometimes unpopular with the troops. It could create a whistling sound in the ears due to the wind. As a result the men would occasionaly block the vents with paper or mud.

    Cheers, Ade.
    Having been a motorcyclist 26 years, I can well imagine that...

    I suppose, too, that in severe low temperatures those vents would want to be blocked as well.
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