Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Brodie Helmet


At the outbreak of World War I, none of the combatant nations provided steel helmets to their troops. Soldiers of most nations went into battle wearing cloth or leather hats that offered little protection from modern weapons. As a result, many soldiers suffered head injuries from exploding shrapnel.

In April of 1916, British soldiers began using a metal helmet in battle called the Brodie helmet, but authorities discovered that the proportion of head injuries then increased. Why should the incidence of head injuries increase when soldiers wore metal helmets rather than cloth caps? Click below to see the answer.




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Similarly, I have hear it be said that the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has increased the attempted homicide rate (by decreasing the successful homicide rate, due to improvements in trama medicine).