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WWI Technical Reference Table

The sun pith is a dominant feature of European colonialism, endless photos or drawings of explorers, colonizers and
military have set the shape in our memory. The sun  pith helmet  was used to repair
the head and neck of pale Europeans from the rays of the tropical sun, did not secure any shelter from bullets
and very little even by the arms to cut. It was usually made of plant fibers, such as straw or cork and was covered
by a cotton fabric. Usually, for  camouflage reasons, it was Khakhy color or light bronze.
The sun pith in World War I were used in Africa, Middle East and also on the Macedonian front.



A deviantArtist:    stuartbates.deviantart.com/ , that is among the autors, advices for those interested  the site-theme:
www.militarysunhelmets.com
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
Never realized there were so many different types until now. :) (Smile) 
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
Colonialism was a long sunny season ;)
These were the old models, there would also be those of the second world war ...
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
I've got one of the old World War II models. Army surplus, I believe. I wonder if reproductions of those old colonial models are available. Wink/Razz 
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019
I've seen several old colonial Italian sun helmet mod 1889 sold on e-bay at 150 euro.
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bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Wow,I like sun helmets.
My mother's grandfather had a sun helmet quite similar to the British pattern 1895,and I used to play with it when I am a chilid.Unfortunately it's  fabric cover is heavily worn.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
What a pity! Is it the body build of cork?
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bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Yes,and the cork is also crumbling...there's nothing you can do for it.Waaaah! 
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Sigh!
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lanceirosdelrei Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
Hi
The Portuguese helmet has a minor problem. The little rectangles are the attachements of the lining. Usually, these would be covered by a stripe of gray felt. However, this drawing is based on an helmet that lost the stripe (a common thing, after 100 years).
Great drawings!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
Ok, you're right, I checked it :)

www.militarysunhelmets.com/wp-…

I'll mend it........   then  I see you're new on dA, so that welcome!!!!!!!!
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Pandaren-Chaplain Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such Imperialistic!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
Lol, true, the quintessence of the Imperialism :)
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fataFivena Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016   General Artist
 ...! ) so You know what I think looking at this )
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
mmmmm, let me guess ......    :)
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StuartBates Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
If you want the full story on sun helmets then check out www.militarysunhelmets.com. We have also written books on the subject.

Cheers,

Stuart
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Wow, very cool, I've seen you are among the autors, thank you, very precious :)
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manchild70 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
I like the Kabalak. It's rustic I think, and was improvised a lot of the time. I can't think of any other helmet that the ottoman army had on hand, it's all I see in the films.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Oh yes, You are right, sometimes it was hand made by turkish soldier with a wrapped cloath 
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I notice a resemblance with the British Custodian Helmets, maybe British cops wear a similar helmet to honour their colonialist ancestors :D!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Funny, it's quite the same :)  Also the traffic cop of Milano  have a kind of colonial helmet, similar to the italian one.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really, didn't know that, always thought the British cops a bit different cause the Brits are in everything a bit different than the rest of the world :D
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
I agree, I've been many time in UK, and I was always puzzled, there is a strange mix of antique and modern, and a love for national traditions that   is missing in my country
our traditions are strong but very local
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also want to make a trip to England, it's a great country with amazing history, but not  i won't dare go to London, it's really expensive :|
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
I really enjoied the Devonshire and the Cornwall, but it's pleanty of beautiness everywhere, and yes, very expansive :(
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about historical and cultural places, did you visit stonehenge?! :D
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Yes, I was twenty years old, it wasn't still enclose, I could walk inside, it's beautiful, it's on a dome, green of grass, then the ruins of Tintagel, King Arthur Castle in Cornwall, having time and a little of money...... Sigh
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
...and Italian style wins again lol

hmm where/when did Austro hungarians used the pith helm? 

the German tropenhelm mod 1902 looks very weird. I suppose you didnt had better refference images with bettter angles

the same for turkish one. Im very interested about this one. Could you redo it  in the future when you find bettter images?
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
We are a very stylish people, We love appearance ;)

Well,  actually the wing that protected the neck  was quite similar to  that of the British pattern 1908, just more squared.  

Well, there were at least 3 version of the kabalak, and they were made of fabric, without an inner frame, so with the sun and the use they
deformed very  much.  In a future maybe  I 'll touch this plate again.  This time it's a little sketched, it was made of a  ribbed fabric, make it rib by rib would mean to work about an hour, sorry, it's all hand made.
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems the Austro-gunagrian ones were used in 1897 peace keeping mission to Crete. Kinda hilarious they felt the need to chnage their ordianry equipemnt just for a stroll in the greek island. Or maybe it was just a style exercise or it was a a dress code set by the other powers who intervened.

what about Spanish and Dutch ones? 
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Sorry for the little photo there are austrian soldier in Palestine wearing an austrian sun-pith,
K.U.K. army fought even in Middle-East, the cockade of mine austrian sun pith has the monogram K, that stood for Karl I Emperor, so that it must be issued not previosuly than  1916 

www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/pho…


I looked for Belgian one, but the only one i found was like the old British, and I didn't found a spanish one, Ive seen that there is an US one
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konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Surprised the k.u.k. even bothered; they had nothing in the way of colonies.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Yes right,  but they fought in Palestine, Macedonia and other fronts in the Middle East
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Radavik Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Was the Kitchener pith helmet ever in use by British forces during the great war? I know they were used right up until the war, but during I'm not sure.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
It was in use the 1908 pattern, however they used every possible reserves available when it came to arm and clothe a large number of men, including  leather pouches with  snake buckle.
However I missed the belgian one and for love of simmetry......... ;)
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Robo-Diglet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
I saw one of these in person recently, a British Wolseley pith helmet. Interesting stuff. ^^
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
I've just seen the italian one....
Thank you very much!
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Dudesradsterrockstar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you ask me it looks like you be really hot in the Italian, Portuguese, and Turkish helmets due to there dark colors. :(
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
I suppose you are right, neverthess the color faded quckly with sun
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Dudesradsterrockstar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea... seems about right. What exactly were they made of?
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
well, straw, cork, palm fiber.....
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Dudesradsterrockstar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They didn't real serve as protection from bullets and debris, right? 
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
No, You are right, just to repair head and neck for sunburn
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Dudesradsterrockstar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
:)
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tigerfaceswe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
I have no idea why, because it is the simplest one of them but, my favourite is the British one.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2015
I don't know why I ever liked the shape of the pith helms, they have a great charm for my, It would be for imprinting, but I rather prefer the italian one :)
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The US Marines also had a sun helmet around 1900: www.bing.com/images/search?q=u…
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
Thank you for share,  so that we all had a piece of land into the sun!
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Samuraiknight-1600 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't know why but there is some charm with these hats. even though they're not as fancy as shakos, dragoon helmets and hussar hats. there is something with these hats i find awesomely good
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
Yes, me too, I think it comes from our memory, schoolbook  illustations, old photos, 
Dr Livingston and so long :)
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