Each helmet is 100% original pre-1945 German issue.
( NOT post-war or Spanish) These helmets have no original paint but will be free of rust and will have no cracks or significant dents. Please do not send e-mails asking about other models/sizes.
For others, it is their worn state that tells us they were there – soldiers’ equipment with inscriptions, spoons sharpened to take on more than one role, objects found on the battlefield.
The artefacts here are a small selection of those featured in my book The First World War in 100 Objects, which tells the conflict through the items that played a part in it.
The plan was for a swift subjugation of France followed by a hard battle with the enormous but slow Russian Empire, so matters in the West had to be resolved quickly.
But as the thousands of German troops flooded into France and Belgium, resistance proved more formidable than expected and that front soon settled down to the static slogging match from trenches that we all recognise today, while in the East an initially more fluid campaign also became one of attrition.
However this was for show and offered no protection, so by late 1915 a new steel helmet was being issued and during 1916 this largely replaced the Pickelhaube, which means these figures are only usable for the first two years of the war.
All the helmets here seem to have a cover, which was worn right from the start, and while many soon removed the spike, that is easily echoed here by simply trimming it off.
Both would change the German soldier as it would those of all the participants, but this set from Zvezda is the third in this hobby to cover those early war, more optimistic Germans, before shortages and practicality dominated their uniform and equipment.
By far the most obvious distinction of Germany’s soldiers in 1914 was the famous Prussian Pickelhaube, the spiked helmet with which they were already so well known.
, printed, upper right [in image]Walter Whitehead's colorful poster dating from 1918 promotes the heroism of American soldiers and urges civilians to fund the war.