WW1 Imperial German Heer Grabenpanzer – TRENCH ARMOR – 1st PATTERN – RARE!


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You are bidding on an VERY NICE example of a WW1 Imperial German Army / Heer Issue 2nd Pattern Grabenpanzer Trench Armor Chest Plate!

Used by Sentries; troops in advanced positions; assault troops; and machine gun troops, the German Chest and Abdomen Trench Armor, was constructed of silicon-nickel steel, and protected against rifle bullets, grenades, and shrapnel.  The hardness was Brinell 360-520, which was MUCH harder than mild steel, and consisted of a breast plate with over the shoulder supports, and three overlapping steel plates attached by fabric fastening straps to protect the stomach and groin.

Used in large numbers between 1916-1917 and in even larger numbers in 1918, General Ludendorff endorsed them as being good for both front and back usage.  Back usage was normal for troops having to endure bombardments and provided significant protection.


Made of hardened steel, this is a GOOD example!  Though there are some marks and wear, it still retains traces of the original paint and finish!  This is the main upper section of the complete assembly.  Some obvious rust throughout.  It appears the steel should straps were removed, but parts of the original canvas straps are present.  Good for restoration, it would make for an AMAZING addition to any collection or display!


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Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase. 


——————- ABOUT ME —————– 

Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.  


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