Iconic Objects

Steel helmet (Stahlhelm), model 1916

The first steel helmets, known as Model 1916 helmets, were worn by some of the units fighting in the Verdun offensive in February 1916. The helmet was painted in the feldgrau (field grey) colour. It replaced the spiked helmet made of boiled leather, which provided no protection against shrapnel. The M16 helmet had a specific shape that protected the ears. It was fitted with a visor and was stamped in a single piece (whereas the French Adrian helmet was assembled from several parts). The Stahlhelm, made of 1.2 mm steel, was much stronger than its competitor, the M1915 French Adrian helmet.

Technical details

Materials: metal and leather
Dimensions: 31 x 23.5 x 16 cm (L x w x h)
Acquisition: donation from Jeanine Lombard to the Comité National du Souvenir de Verdun in 2006
Inventory No.: 2006.3.27

Locating the item in the museum

Ground floor