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Use of helmets.

 
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denfly



Joined: 24 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:45 am    Post subject: Use of helmets. Reply with quote

Is there any reason why Coastal Artillerymen didn't wear helmets? I see alot of old pictures of them working or firing these weapons back during WW1 and afterwords, and rarely see them using any steel helmets. For such a large and dangerous weapon, was it some sort of uniform issue or simply a burden to use the M1917 or M1917A1 for protection?
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Aaron



Joined: 26 Nov 2013
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Location: WA state

PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think only troops going overseas in WWI would have been issued helmets. Same with overseas caps. State side troops had campaign hats. Before 1910 they had 1889 style Span. Am. Stetson hats. And of course they had Daisy Mae type hats in the 1900s-1910s too, for work clothing.

By the 1930s all soldiers were issued with helmets (M1917 [mainly for National Guard] and M1917A1s for the regular army).

In 1942 the M1 helmet came around.
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