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The Vickers Helmet - An Irish insult to the British or a British Con Job?

A lecture based on new research by Eugene Jordan, Vice President of the GAHS.

The new Irish army’s decision to equip its troops with German style helmets in 1927 has been claimed was done to deliberately insult the British. Yet in December 1940, the British army approached the Irish army asking for a sample of and comments on, the Irish military helmet, commenting that they believed it to be superior to the British Brodie helmet. The Irish army responded sending a sample helmet along with a note indicating that the helmet was beyond useless. The army had initially decided to buy Italian/French Adrian helmets but testing revealed that they could be penetrated easily by shrapnel, while the British Brodie Helmet and the German Stahlhelm remained impenetrable. Both helmets had been modelled on earlier medieval designs updated in response to the trench warfare of WWI.

The Irish army contracted the British Vickers armaments company to manufacture helmets  to the superior German design … Read the rest

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