View Full Version : For you Jar Heads out there.

July 02, 2017, 22:50
how many times can you say that you saw one of these ?

https://s5.postimg.org/6uqnohc4j/IMG_6069.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/6uqnohc4j/)

https://s5.postimg.org/p03m2jbmr/IMG_6070.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/p03m2jbmr/)

https://s5.postimg.org/sv7053usj/IMG_6071.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/sv7053usj/)

July 03, 2017, 07:07
That thing looks like it could hurt somebody.

July 03, 2017, 14:32
That thing looks like it could hurt somebody.

US Marine Corp white dress helmet 1890's or abouts. still researching

Retired Bum
July 03, 2017, 14:49
After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 a number of nations militaries including the USMC adopted the spiked helmet worn by the successful Prussian Army.

But after World War One these spiked helmets largely disappeared from use.....

And so it goes.

The Retired One

July 03, 2017, 15:24
Pickelhaube. cool. I had no idea the USMC used them.

Pretty much proven useless in WW1, and Germany then developed the father of the modern military helmet.
Funny how it took us 100 years to finally see the safety merits of the original German design.

July 03, 2017, 22:09
That was the warm weather dress hat for the USMC until 1903-4 time frame. Early style of the pith helmet. Light weight cloth covered helmet to protect the head from the sun. Later pith helmets used by the USMC until after WWII. Still in use today by them on the range as a badge of honor, similar to the campaign hat.

Boots during WWII cleaning their rifles: Notice the USMC shooting jackets


July 04, 2017, 11:21
The hooks on the sides look like they might be to attach a fancy braided chin strap,,, I took chin strap braiding classes from visiting missionary ladies when I was in the brig one time for being caught in the missionary position at the wrong time and place,,, I haven't been caught since.

Infantry Marine
July 10, 2017, 08:09
Great pictures of the old helmet. And you capitalized Jar Head. Good job.

In order to be a Jar Head, you have to pass a formal test with many questions about history, so many Marines are knowledgeable about the uniforms and arms of our ancestors. We must be doing something right, being America's favorite service and being depicted along with one of our Corpsman in the statue that represents WWII to most Americans and known throughout the entire world.

The Army used those spiked helmets as shown in the link below. Those rifles they have may look like muskets, but they are actually Springfield .45 Caliber breech loaders. General Custer's men used a shorter version of the same arm.