Original armored brow plate for German stalhelm helmets that were introduced in April 1916 together with the steel helmet needed for trench warfare. Our steel brow plate is an original and fits our item 33-462 stalhelm M16. The brow plate was used by both German snipers and machine gun crew. As the sniper was firing from a prone position only his head was exposed and the brow plate offered him protection. The machine gun crews on the other hand had to be exposed above the top of the trench and they wore a brow plate and body armor to protect them. So this brow plate could have been used by either type of soldier.
The brow plate is missing the leather attachment strap.
The stalhelm brow plate shows wear consistent to its age.