WW1 Imperial German Heer Stirnpanzer – TRENCH ARMOR BROW PLATE – RARE!


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You are bidding on an VERY NICE example of a WW1 Imperial German Army / Heer Issue Stirnpanzer Trench Armor Brow 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.
The Brow Plate was issued to snipers and trench raiding parties. Designed to hook onto the protruding vent lugs of the traditional Models M1916, M1917 and M1918 German helmets, they were secured with a leather strap and buckle to the rear of the helmet so one size fits all.
Records show that seven and a half million M1916 helmets were produced but only fifty thousand of the brow plates were issued, that’s one in one hundred and fifty!


Made of hardened steel, this is a VERY GOOD example!  Though it has been re-painted post-war, there are is no damage or breaks!  What appears to be rust and pitting under the paint is actually part of the original casting process (and how you can tell and original from a reproduction).  Missing the leather strap, but it is VERY solid otherwise!  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. 


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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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