Pith Helmets

Some articles on pith helmets, helmets, pith:

Pith Helmet - Use in The Twentieth Century
... Pith helmets were widely worn during World War I by British, Turkish, Belgian, French and German colonial troops fighting in the Middle East and Africa ... Helmets of this style (but without true pith construction) were used as late as World War II by Japanese, European and American military personnel ... Included in this category are the sun helmets worn in North Africa by Italian troops, South African Army and Air Force units and Germany's Afrika Korps, as well as similar helmets used to a more ...
World War II German Uniform - Army (Heer) - Tropical Uniform
... Pith helmets, ankle boots with puttees, and lace-up canvas knee-boots were also issued in 1941 as protection from the sand and hot tropical sun the ... The pith helmets, although effective against the sun, proved bulky and impractical in front-line service and were usually only worn in rear areas ... For combat situations, standard steel helmets field-painted in a tan color were issued, usually vehicle interior sand-yellow (sandgelb) or exterior brown-yellow (gelbbraun) ...

Famous quotes containing the words helmets and/or pith:

    The bugle-call to arms again sounded in my war-trained ear, the bayonets gleamed, the sabres clashed, and the Prussian helmets and the eagles of France stood face to face on the borders of the Rhine.... I remembered our own armies, my own war-stricken country and its dead, its widows and orphans, and it nerved me to action for which the physical strength had long ceased to exist, and on the borrowed force of love and memory, I strove with might and main.
    Clara Barton (1821–1912)

    So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)