|Collection||Mildred H. Curtis|
|Year Range from||1914|
|Year Range to||1918|
U.S. Army used (British made) World War I steel helmet with leather liner and chin strap. British MKI helmet
|Provenance||The first "modern" steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915 and were shortly followed by the British army later that year. The M15 helmet became known as the MK I or "Brodie" after its inventor John Leopold Brodie and by July 1916 over a million of them had been delivered. The design allowed for easy mass production using "Hadfield’s" manganese steel and protected the wearer from shell fragments and air-burst shrapnel.|
Curtis, Mildred H.