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    In 1915 Dr. Friedrich Schwerd of the Technical Institute of Hanover completed a study of head wounds sustained by german troops. his collaborator Dr August Bier utilized magnets to remove intracranial shrapnel fragments. the Imperial army delegated Schwerd to design a helmet for immediate deployment. the M-16 stahlhelm was fielded in late 1915 and has served as model for the majority of the worlds armies since. importantly, the stahlhelm was constructed of martensitic silicon/nickel steel.
    Schwerd was a diplomat engineer and technical director of the grinding machine manufacturer Naxos. but he knew his history. prototype and inspiration for the stahlhelm derived from german sallet helmets of 1490.
    here are some interesting pics:

    myArmoury.com - View topic - "Black" Sallet, circa 1490

    File:Helm DSC02194.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    here is a german website dedicated to the Schwerd helmet.

    Kriegsgeschichte: Der Stahlhelm des Friedrich Schwerd - Nachrichten Kultur - Geschichte - WELT ONLINE

    in particular, look at plate 8. the force and potentia of Reichpresident Hindenberg at age 85 transmits readily, especially compared to the paper hanging sob whose hand he grips.


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    There is another line of discussion (which I can't find now) that points out that around the time of WWI the Germans had an advantage in deep drawing technology.

    The British and Americans lacked this, and so both used helmets that weren't nearly as deep as the Stahlhelm.

    People don't always think of things like "deep draw press techniques" as being of Military import, but at least in the 20th century industrial matters were a huge factor in deciding military outcomes.

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    in particular, look at plate 8. the force and potentia of Reichpresident Hindenberg at age 85 transmits readily, especially compared to the paper hanging sob whose hand he grips.


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    Good thing Adolf did not have an army of men such as Hindenberg or the war may have had a different outcome. Hitler himself appears to bow, intimidated by true greatness, in this very interesting photo. Ed.

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