A point about World War helmets


By ‘World War’ I mean World Wars One and Two (1914-18 and 1939-45). The helmet you see here was found in the Market Garden area (attempt to rush across the Rhine at Arnhem in Holland) of operations after the war, so it probably saw some use. It seems that the shells of the helmets do vary in size, and that I have a smaller one, which makes my head look particularly enormous.

The first day this video went public, many viewers commented on my poor ‘trigger discipline’. I am not from a gun-using culture. I am alone, indoors, with what I know for certain is an unloaded air rifle, striking poses for the camera, pretending to be a WW2 infantryman. These I hope are excuses enough.



30 Responses

  1. six2make4 says:

    Germans actually experimented with helmets that had a thick plate fastened to the front. It was mainly intended entrenched people like machine-gun crews. However this helmet were so heavy that after only a couple of hours it would give the soldiers massive headaches. The big slab attached to the front did however stop bullets, just a little fun fact.

  2. British helmets although much weaker in thickness were more likely to deflect bullets even if they were going to hit the head because they had better deflection angles. I.e. , yes you d be dead if you were hit dead ahead. But at even at a slight angle you stood a chance of surviving by deflection. Whereas the German style helmets, although much stronger and thicker (they were cast of equal thickness everywhere where the British were pressed sheet metal which made the top really thin), they did not have as many deflecting angles as they were more angular in shape. So (if) a bullet was fast enough to penetrate a German helmet anyway, it would do so from far more possible angles. The modern day helmets (us army style) tend to be a combination of the two designs: German style on the one hand, but shallower on the other to allow for more deflecting angles.

  3. I think almost spent bullets might not penetrate a helmet.

  4. Felix Dietz says:

    nice rifle, Weihrauch?

  5. TheGameAngel says:


  6. Baraka says:

    i just wanna mention that the introduction of steel helmets in the german army drastically reduced the amount of headshot casualties.

  7. If you even had a helmet strong enough to stop bullets the immense shock from the sudden impact and stop of the bullet would pretty much break your neck or injure you anyways

  8. Pd Flem says:

    I love your videos but you have made some mistakes in this one… if the bullet hits your head at an angle it will still injure you, but if it hits the helmet it will be deflected away. This is especially true with ricochets. Secondly you have poor finger/trigger discipline, you shouldn't have you finger on the trigger unless your planning to shoot…

  9. The American m1 helmet is the most common helmet I can think of, along with the doughboy helmet of ww1. I have an original M1 helmet that I bought off of Facebook. It's just missing the lining, which I plan on replacing at some point

  10. You talked in an earlier video about the shape of shields being round and how something hitting a circle will always hit at a 90 degree angle for maximizing impact. In the case of a helmet, would it not be better to ditch the round shape and instead go for more straight angels? Perhaps a diamond?

  11. croyce says:

    The biggest benefit of having the helmet canted back that I can see is, it helps it stay on! A lid like that looks like it'd slide right off if you looked down.

  12. "Dead, ever so dead".. that's the most British thing I've heard all day.

  13. Dude! Trigger discipline man, don't go swinging that gun around with your finger on the trigger like that.

  14. I don't think I'd want to live after being shot in the head even with a helmet that could stop a bullet. I've seen modern helmets that 'stop' pistol rounds and such. The whole thing caves in. Your skull would be crushed. You'd probably be a vegetable afterwards. Best case scenario.

  15. Tobejes Kung says:

    1:40 just raise your arms m8

  16. Rafferty1968 says:

    Don't tie your chin strap! Helmets and in particular the british flat rimmed style are actually quite dangerous when it comes to blast. If the blast wave hits the helmet from below or the side even, the helmet will act as a scoop, catching the blast and be blown away. You tie your chin strap and a grenade goes off near you, you might survive the shrapnel, (the blast radius usually exceeds the shrapnel radius), but have your head taken clean off by your helmet. Much design goes into modern helmets in order to mitigate this effect.

  17. Otto Pike says:

    you can have a bullet resistant steel helmet if you use the right type of steel. in fact some bullet resistant vests use steel in the modern day (granted I'm not sure if any military uses these).

  18. Biff Buttcus says:

    Good video but small arms fire wouldn't penetrate the helmet unless quite close. There is some use for a helmet to stop bullets.

  19. "You're dead. Ever so dead." Another great video, Sir!

  20. Your lack of trigger discipline makes me triggered

  21. Ryan E says:

    Poor trigger discipline!

  22. I've not watched every video of yours (yet), but, regarding helmets, could you possibly explain what the hell use was the (I'm assuming) leather helmet worn by American tank crews of WWII? My recent viewing of the film (yes, film – not movie) 'Fury' prompted this line of enquiry, but a childhood comic 'The Haunted Tank' was the seed of curiosity for me. Obviously not bullet-proof, nor I would imagine anything-proof. Thoughts?

  23. Ultimate Amo says:


  24. hoosierhiver says:

    But if the bullet was fired from a great distance, and had lost momentum it might have been stopped by a helmet, right?

  25. CrniWuk says:

    I remember that one requirment for the cardridge of the Mauser rifle before WW1 was the ability to penetrate a steel helmet at 1000 meters.
    Now I do know that the helmet in WW2 and before that, was not meant to really stop bulletes, but I wouldn't be surprised if those helmets still helped in protecting someone from smaller calibers, if the distance was large enough, something like 9mm parabellum?

  26. Antifoul Awl says:

    It's good to keep your helmet polished.

  27. EmpFX says:

    the only thing that could save u is if the bullet hit the front of the helmet instead of the sides where withought the helmet it would miss

  28. well, nowadays there are helmets that DO stop rifle rounds.
    Would they stop the full power rifle rounds of the WWI such as the 8mm mauser though? doubtful.

  29. anyone else cringe on his trigger finger?

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