Thursday, July 13, 2017

WW1 - Body Armor

Body armor disappeared from the battlefield as guns continued to increase in firepower. During the Great War, there was an odd return of armor. It was not to stop bullets and artillery but to protect from the splinters, rocks, and sharpnel that would maim and kill many men in the trenches during artillery shelling.

The French were the first to bring armor back, but not the only ones. The important thing they did was start using steel skull caps, which everyone adopted.

The Germans switched their festive, showy hat for the steel stahlhelms that would be made famous by the Nazi army in the next world war.

I have tried to say that the Great War was more steampunk than the fools that call themselves steampunk now. 


Adam Smith said...

Never understood why armor wasn't issued more often - especially for trench warriors. Marching with massive armor - no, that's too much - but for fixed battles it seems damn sensible. The million+ lost at Stalingrad? No armor visible there. Vietnam? No armor there. Seriously - why? Too heavy? Too expensive? Military planners just too careless? Those damn standard issue helmets didn't even stop a bullet. They barely stopped shrapnel. Unbelievable.

Bruno said...

Long time lurker here. Off topic question, asking you because you're one of the only writers I know of who combines different red pill strands.

Is there an online resource for redpill child rearing advice? Something that breaks down the social dynamics intelligently and offers strategies that work, in the same way that Roissy et al broke down game.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Adam - It is interesting that plates and some forms of armor have returned to the battlefield. Stopping the rounds from AKs in Vietnam would have been possible for certain sensitive areas.

Bruno - I'm getting that question more and more. A book on raising kids in today's messed up world is in demand. I'm strongly thinking about it.