Brow plate (stirnpanzer) for German Steel Helmet

Accession Number REL/01004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Helmet
Physical description Steel
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c 1916-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Curved 5 mm steel brow plate, suitable for all First World War German helmet models. The base is slightly flared and the sides have angular recesses that fit over the helmet ventilation lugs. Below these are rectangular slots to which are attached the leather straps used to secure the plate to the helmet. These straps are missing.

History / Summary

The brow plate (stirnpanzer), was fitted to the front of the helmet to provide additional protection to the wearer. However, it's weight (2 kg) meant that it could only be worn for short periods. Approximately 50,000 brow plates were manufactured.