The Tsar's French Helmet, the Imperial Russian Adrian

The Tsar’s French Helmet, the Imperial Russian Adrian

An Experiment on the Northern Front As the Great War raged across Europe in the winter of 1916, a steamship named St. Peter docked at Arkhangelsk, a northern sub-arctic port town in the Russian Empire. The ship had come from Brest, France and carried in it’s hold 15,000 French steel helmets. These helmets were part of an experiment, destined for the Russia’s Imperial army. Like all …

The Helmet with the Grinning Skull. A Short History of the Danzig Police Helmet

The Helmet with the Grinning Skull. A Short History of the Danzig Police Helmet

Fight for the Post Office At 4 am on September 1, 1939 German sappers cut the power to Danzig’s Post Office plunging it’s Polish staff into total darkness. No doubt a fitting act foreshadowing the dark times Poland would soon endure. World War II had just officially started, and the Free City of Danzig was about to be in the middle of the war.  The now …

An American Helmet in China, The helmet of the China Marines 1927-1941

An American Helmet in China, The helmet of the China Marines 1927-1941

U.S. Marines in China On the 21st of March 1927, Stirling Fessenden, the American chairman of Shanghai’s International Settlement’s Municipal Council, issued a declaration of emergency. Generalissimo Chang Kai Shek’s Nationalist army was marching toward Shanghai. For several years China had been experiencing spasms of violence as the factions of warlords, gangsters, Nationalists, and Communists all attempted to assert their control over …

The German Helmet of Stalingrad

The German Helmet of Stalingrad

A Helmet for a Titanic Battle The largest battle the World had ever seen would take place at the Russian city of Stalingrad between August 23, 1942 and February 2nd, 1943. Before the battle ended, both sides would sustain a combined total of over 2 million casualties.  Throughout this titanic battle, the German army would utilize different …

Blood and Ice- The forgotten story of the Christmas Battle

Blood and Ice- The forgotten story of the Christmas Battle

A Misunderstood Monument In Riga’s old town there stand an imposing monument. It’s called the Latviešu strēlnieki, or Lativan riflemen monument. It consists of three men wearing Tsarist era uniforms clutching rifles standing back to back. With resolute expressions they gaze outward. They stand as sentinels, one looking toward the Gulf of Riga the other two silently watching Latvia’s borderlands. The …

What's inside II, German Helmet Liners 1940-1945

What’s inside II, German Helmet Liners 1940-1945

War Brings Changes During any war the uniforms and equipment used by the military inevitably will go through changes. Certainly this was true of much of the equipment utilized by the German armed forces during WWII. These changes would  include helmet liners. Between 1940 and 1945 the German M31 helmet liner would see several modifications. Many of these changes …

An Imperial Killing, The Legend of the Romanov Murders

An Imperial Killing, The Legend of the Romanov Murders

A Worrisome Discovery On July 25th of 1918 the White Guard, a force made up of  a motely mixture of Russian monarchists, democrats, right-wing socialist, (all of them vehemently anti-communists) along with their allies The  Czech legion entered the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg. The men were exhausted after weeks of hard fighting to dislodge the well entrenched Bolshevik Red army. Yet they …