Popular Mechanics: How U.S. Military Helmets Went From Stopping Rocks to Stopping Bullets
Over 100 years, the soldier's helmet has gone from stopping rocks to bullets.
An upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian highlights one of the most under-appreciated pieces of soldier kit, the infantryman's helmet. The May 20th Military Invention Day event at the National Museum of American History showcases 100 years of helmets and how they went from stopping flying dirt and rockets to a 7.62x39 bullet.
The U.S. Army first began using helmets in 1917 upon its entry into World War I. The helmets were copies of the British Army's standard issue helmet, known as the Brodie Helmet or Mark One. Shallow with a wide, hat-like brim, the Mark One was mostly to keep artillery debris out of a soldier's face and protect against flying debris.
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WNU Editor: The helmet has definitely evolved over the years.