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Italian m15/16 Helmet

Article about: Hey guys, Just got this helmet today and would appreciate any opinions. I know little about these, but know many were reissued and painted for the Spanish Civil War. I think, lol.

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    Hey guys,

    Just got this helmet today and would appreciate any opinions. I know little about these, but know many were reissued and painted for the Spanish Civil War. I think, lol.
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    It is a later one piece model 26.
    That is about all I can tell you friend.

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    I also know very little about these but I like it GP congrats.

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Quote by SteveR View Post
    It is a later one piece model 26.
    That is about all I can tell you friend.
    LOL, BOOOOOOOOOO! I still like it. Thanks Steve! It was listed as m15. Figures.

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    Thats an Italian Model 1916 Lippmann , notice the metal tabs inside are identical to the French Model 1915 helmet , the later M26 helmets used a different type of liner that clipped onto metal brackets

    the top comb has been welded on [not riveted]

    Italian model 1916 "Adrian" style helmet. These were mainly issued to International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War

    Mannie Gentile: Combat Helmets of the 20th Century: Italian M-1915/16 Steel Helmet of World War One

    Italian manufactured gem, known as the "Lippmann helmet", simplified the construction process and eliminated many of the weaknesses of it's French progenitor. The Italian soldier of 1915 - 1916 had the next step in state-of-the-art helmet design

    This elegant improvement of the French Adrian design included a two-piece construction rather than the four-pieces of its French counterpart. Fewer pieces meant fewer points of failure when impacted by debris, fragments, or shrapnel.
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    Thats an Italian Model 1916 Lippman
    Now I'm confused, lol. I take it a Lippman is better then the model 26?

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    This is a view of a M26 So I think your ok GP.
    Eric
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    Thank you for the info, Battle Gear, and thanks for the pic, Eric!!!

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    Quote by Good Pwny View Post
    Now I'm confused, lol. I take it a Lippman is better then the model 26?
    the Lippmann is a simplified design, but it's not as strong as the later French M26 , I think the M26 is a better improved helmet than the Lippmann



    the later French M26 is actually better helmet , they also used better steel, if you compare both helmets you can feel the weight difference

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    May be a better lid but I think he is happy it's ww1 era.

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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