Regular Pickel helmets are still pretty common, but the officer's helmet is harder to find.
- Fact 1: Better known as the Pickelhaube, this style of helmet was worn by troops from several eastern-European nations in the late 19th and early 20th century.
- Fact 2: The Pickelhaube's signature spike was originally used as an anchor for decorative horsehair or feather plumes on officers' helmets until WWI.
- Fact 3: Officers' Pickelhauben were often heavily decorated with silver or nickel-plated insignia, or in some cases made entirely of metal.
- Fact 4: As WWI progressed, the Pickelhaube became impractical for trench warfare. The pick became a detachable piece, and eventually dissapeared completely.
- Fact 5: The Pickelhaube is still part of many ceremonial uniforms around the world, and influenced the iconic used by modern police in the UK.