The Italian Adrian

I’ve just realized that I never dedicated one post to the Italian helmet of the Great War: the Adrian helmet. Its name and its shape remind you the ones of the French model and it’s perfectly normal: indeed the very first models used by Italian Army starting from October 1915 were the ones of the French Army and even had the French insignia on the front. Then, France sent to Italy models without insignia. The model shown on this picture could be one of these, or more probably a version produced in Italy. The Italian model was lighter and therefore less effective, but the quality of the picture doesn’t allow me to identify it better. In order to solve the lack of screwed insignia, some models were paint with the symbol of the unit, just like for this helmet, worn by a sottotenente of an Engineer unit.



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