The German Kevlar Helmet, or the Gefechtshelm Schuberth B826, is the current issue combat helmet for the German Armed Forces, or Bundeswehr. As one would guess, it is a type of personal protective armor designed to protect the wearer’s head when engaged in combat operations. These helmets are constructed using Kevlar®, a synthetic fiber typically spun into rope or fabric that is known for its high-tensile strength. These helmets are the real deal. They are like new and available for significantly less than similar American-made helmets.
Typically, military enthusiasts and collectors purchase these helmets but it is also an excellent choice for someone in need of a practical helmet that provides real protection.
The German Kevlar® helmets being offered are unissued military surplus items. They are like new and their quality is ensured. They are issued to the German military but have also found use with the Swiss army, Dutch army, Czech army, and the Estonia Defense Forces.
As mentioned, they are commonly known as the Gefechtshelm Schuberth B826, which not only signifies the manufacturer and model number, but also literally translates from German to “combat helmet.” Schuberth GmbH, a German company that, in addition to personal protective equipment, produces safety helmets for motorcycles and Formula One racers, manufactures these helmets.
The helmet has noted similarities to the Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (PASGT) helmet used by the American Military for much of the late 20th century through the early years of the 21st century. It is constructed with multiple layers of Kevlar®, a synthetic fiber known for its high-tensile strength-to-weight ratio, making it effectively five times as strong as steel of a comparable weight. The helmet also features an adjustable liner for a “one size fits most” sizing and an adjustable chinstrap with a button for rapid release.
Aside from collectors, there are several great reasons for one to purchase such a helmet, including
Paintball and Airsoft players
- Halloween costumes
- Theater prop and stage production
- Movie production
Though the helmet is presented in a dark, olive drab, most helmet covers will fit this helmet nicely. We recommend a flecktarn pattern cover for a more authentic German appearance.
Did you know?
Helmets are one of the earliest forms of personal protective equipment on record. It’s true. It is believed that the use of helmets dates back to the 23rd century B.C. and the ancient Akkadians and Sumerians. According to Darthmouth University, helmet use can be traced to the 17th century B.C., where Mycenaean Greeks used them. Their use pops up all throughout history from this period on up through the 17th century, when use was temporarily suspended before continuing through the modern era. As with most things, helmets evolved alongside the weapons from which they were providing protection and as materials and technology became more sophisticated.
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