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WW1 GERMAN 'COAL BUCKET' HELMET, 1915
This helmet replaced the 'Piclehauber' design in 1915.
The Piclehauber was then used for ceremonial occasions and also on active service.
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- These first German steel helmets were also nicknamed 'coal scuttle' helmets because of their shape, not coal bucket.
.......... M.H., Paris, 3rd of June 2014
- The 'Stahlhelm' fist entered service in 1916, and whilst the traditional Pickelhaube spiked helmet was relatively obsolete, it did continue in front line service, certainly well into 1917. It is known that troops serving in the same rifle companies wore a mixture of both forms on the Western Front, the steel helmet taking time to reach all branches. Indeed pickelhauben were still issued even after the end of the First World War, but as stated earlier, by then were for ceremonial duties.
.......... Martin Boswell, , 24th of August 2010