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Shrapnel-proof coats for soldiers

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BerichtGeplaatst: 26 Jul 2010 15:58    Onderwerp: Shrapnel-proof coats for soldiers Reageer met quote

From the archive, 19 July 1917: Shrapnel-proof coats for soldiers
Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 19 July 1917
The Guardian, Monday 19 July 2010


Modern forms of medieval armour.

Some interesting details of the most recent protective invention for soldiers were given by Dr. C. W. Saleeby in a lecture at the Royal Institute of Public Health this afternoon. Many of Dr. Saleeby's suggestions as to the shape, and so on, of the steel helmet now worn by our army were adopted by the Government, and besides describing the latest improvements in the helmet, Dr. Saleeby gave the first account of a new shrapnel-proof jacket.

The helmet now in use was modelled on the one adopted by the French in 1915. It is manganese steel, extremely hard, tough, and unsplinterable, with a low pitch of curvature in the crown for the purpose of deflecting bullets. The weight is properly distributed round the head, and the lining is padded with india-rubber to kill the force of a blow.

Dr. Saleeby placed a soldier's helmet on his head and struck himself a violent blow with a heavy sheet of steel Ė without having to pause for a second in his lecture.

The most recent improvement of the helmet is the chain visor, of which hundreds of thousands are now in use in France. This is a piece of steel chain mail which falls over the eyes like a veil as far as the bridge of the nose, and is tied on behind. Its purpose is to guard the eyes from fragments, of sand, rock, or metal splinters striking from below, which are the cause of nine out of ten cases of blindness in the army.

The visor does not seem to be very popular with the soldiers at present, as the chain mail tends to cause abrasions of the nose. It is said that at the Battle of Arras men wearing a visor went into action with the helmet turned front to back, and it is probable that some lost their sight in consequence.

Dr. Saleeby said that at present the problem of protecting against machine-gun and rifle bullets appeared to be insoluble, but the problem of finding an efficient protection against shrapnel and revolver bullets was, in his opinion, solved by the shrapnel-proof jacket. It has been produced by the experts at the Ministry of Munitions, and is at present in the early experimental stages.

The jacket is, in Dr. Saleeby's opinion, perfect for the use of soldiers and especially for airmen. He saw no reason why it should not be generally adopted, when enormous saving of life would result.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 26 Jul 2010 18:57    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

hoy Percy,
die "flak-jacks" ken ik,het Belgisch leger heeft er besteld, ze worden geleverd in 2018 Evil
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