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Helmets of the First World War Battle,Technology, and Culture

Exhibition Credits

This exhibition is curated from artifacts loaned by John Blankenship (UCSB Class of 1965) and the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, and from photographs and postcards in the UCSB Library's Special Research Collections, by Professor John W.I. Lee and his research assistant Sydney Martin.

This exhibition, a collaboration between UCSB Library and Professor John Lee (History) was on exhibit at UCSB Library from January 8, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Share your knowledge! If you have more information about any of the items in this exhibition, please contact Professor Lee


Baer, Ludwig. (1985) The History of the German Steel Helmet, 1916-1945. San Jose, CA: R. James Bender Publishing.

Bogaerts, Ilse. (2010) "The Origin and Evolution of the Kepi in Military Dress." Textile History 41, supplement 1: 144-152.

Dean, Bashford. (1920) Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Rankin, Robert. (1965) Helmets and Headdress of the Imperial German Army, 1870-1918. New Milford, CT: N. Flayderman & Co.

Speed, Kellogg. (1917) “Gunshot Fractures of the Skull: Statistical and Critical Review Based on a Series of Seventy-Five Cases.” The Journal of the American Medical Association 68.18: 1299-1304.

Suciu, Peter. (2017) “Straight to the Point: the Origins of the ‘Spiked’ Helmet.” Military Trader 24.1: 24-26.

Tubbs, Floyd and Robert Clawson. (2000) Stahlhelm: Evolution of the German Steel Helmet. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.


Research Assistant Sydney Martin and Professor John W.I. Lee in the Library Special Research Collections

In this photo Sydney Martin is showing how she has matched post-war photo cards of the battlefield of Ypres to actual locations on the wartime map of the city of Ypres.