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 …

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 …