These helmets were a popular souvenir for allied troops moving through German territory.



  • Fact 1: Pickelhauben, literally "pick bonnets", were popular in eastern Europe from the mid-19th century through World War I.
  • Fact 2: Made of boiled leather with a heavy metal spike, the Pickelhaube became the popular symbol of imperial German power at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Fact 3: The ornate decorative badges on the front and sides of the Pickelhaube originally represented the region and state each soldier hailed from.
  • Fact 4: Material shortages threatened the traditional leather helmet during WWI. Thin steel, felt, and even paper Pickelhauben were produced.
  • Fact 5: Trench warfare proved too dangerous for the Pickelhaube as WWI dragged on, and the replacement Stahlhelm led to a 70% reduction in German headshot fatalities.

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