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As you know, fighting the wars of the nineteenth century were basically shooting a musket with the subsequent melee. But by the beginning of the First world war, the situation changed radically. Appeared rapid-fire artillery and machine guns, which made the soldiers extremely easy targets. Thus arose the need to return to the Marines armor. The first armor of that time looked very funny.
Soldiers, armed with a rifle, shakes hands with a soldier in armor. October 1917.
Thinking about how to protect soldiers from machine-gun fire in the trenches of the Western front, some reminisced about the cuirasses (protective shells). The most successful option was the German Sappenpanzer. When the armor of the enemy fell into the hands of the Allies, those carefully studied trophies.
The German attack, in steel cuirass.
According to the documents, the German armor could stop a bullet, fired from a distance of 500 metres. “Turtle shells” were made of steel with addition of silicon alloy with Nickel.
Soldiers in body armor from associated steel plates covering the chest and abdomen, CA. 1914
American soldier trying on armor German counterpart, 1918.
The Americans decided not too heavier armor and came up with a vest made of linked steel plates. The Italians, on the contrary, believed that the thicker the armor, the more reliable it is. However, such armor was very hard to move, and the soldiers could not make quick maneuvers.
Italian soldiers in the armor.
American soldiers in armor, CA. 1917
Steel helmet with eye protection.
The Russian version of the kiras for soldiers in the First world war.
As for Russia, then for the Marines in France, was ordered 100 thousand cuirasses. But in fact they were no good. Commanders complained that the money was wasted. Russian Lieutenant-Colonel A. A. Chemerin has developed its own version of the suit from various steel alloys. His cuirass was much stronger.
The Georgians-Khevsurs are dressed in traditional armor, 1918.
Three Irish guards, dressed in German body armor, examining a captured German machine gun on the ridge Pilkem, 31 July 1917.
Soldiers demonstrate the degree of reliability of different vests.
Protective suits during the First world war.
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