French WWII Adrian Helmet - 2 -
The M15 Adrian helmet was a combat helmet issued to the French Army during World War I. The first standard helmet of the French Army, it was designed when millions of French troops were engaged in trench warfare and head wounds became a significant proportion of battlefield casualties. Introduced in 1915, it served as a basic helmet of many armies well into 1930s. Initially issued to infantry, its modified versions were also issued to cavalry and tank crews. Its subsequent version, the M26, was adopted later and used during World War II.
In the French army, the Adrian helmet was standard military issue until after World War II, and was also used by the French police up to the 1970s. In other countries the Adrian-type helmets were also in use with the fire fighting units, railway guards or marine infantry. Adrian helmets are still prized by collectors today.
Most modern military helmets saw their birth during World War One. The need to address the
multitude of head wounds in the trenches was the foundation for the widespread development
and deployment of helmets.
This section discusses several of the military helmets of the world.
The helmets from various armies came in a variety of designs. There were a large number
of different types developed. In many cases the use of the spilled over into non-military
applications such as police and civil defense. most of the helmets during WWI and WWII were
constructed of a combination of metal and leather.
The author is not aware that this type of headgear is currently being
However, there is no guarantee that it is not. in many cases
it is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other French military helmets, you can do so by
going to our French Military headgear
identification guide. Where we cover multiple pieces.