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Irish Army 1927 pattern German style Vickers Helmet

Product Code: sh012
Price: 620.00€

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Irish Army 1927 pattern German style Vickers Helmet complete with sniper shield attachment lugs. Rather than adopt the British helmet which would have had bad memories for many people in Ireland as it had only been 4 years since the War Of Independence, it was decided to go for something different. The first helmets bought for trials were of the French Adrian pattern but these proved to be unsuitable. The Ministry of Defense then decided to investigate the possibility of something similar to the German-style helmet of the Great War which had been shown to offer superior protection to troops and the German consulate was approached. Due to the restrictions imposed by the Versailles treaty, Germany was not allowed to export military items, including helmets. The British government was then approached and they gave the contract to the Vickers company. Vickers produced a design which was almost identical to the WW1 German M1916 pattern. There were  produced very small quantity.  The helmet has some surface rust damages, liner marked 1927 year Dublin. Completed helmet.

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Irish Army 1927 pattern German style Vickers Helmet complete with sniper shield attachment lugs. Rather than adopt the British helmet which would have had bad memories for many people in Ireland as it had only been 4 years since the War Of Independence, it was decided to go for something different. The first helmets bought for trials were of the French Adrian pattern but these proved to be unsuitable. The Ministry of Defense then decided to investigate the possibility of something similar to the German-style helmet of the Great War which had been shown to offer superior protection to troops and the German consulate was approached. Due to the restrictions imposed by the Versailles treaty, Germany was not allowed to export military items, including helmets. The British government was then approached and they gave the contract to the Vickers company. Vickers produced a design which was almost identical to the WW1 German M1916 pattern. There were  produced very small quantity.  The helmet has some surface rust damages, liner marked 1927 year Dublin. Completed helmet.

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