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The Imperial German Army began to replace the traditional boiled-leather Pickelhaube (spiked combat helmet) with the Stahlhelm during World War I in 1916. Stahlhelm 1916.The term Stahlhelm refers both to a generic steel helmet, and more specifically to the distinctive (and iconic) German design.

At the beginning of the war, nearly every infantryman in every major army was armed with a bolt action rifle. They were accurate and reliable, but they required that after every shot the soldier manually remove the spent shell casing and reload the weapon by manipulating a bolt.

Dating from the - these thick wool blankets are the genuine article produced for the Swiss Army. I have several plus,a few purses and backpack made from these blankets..thanks Arman!