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The Pickelhaube Pyramid

Written by: George Chittenden : 11 Oct 2019

This unusual photo was taken in 1919 in front of the Grand Central Terminal, New York. The pyramid is made of over twelve-thousand recovered German helmets that were sent from warehouses in Germany at the end of the war. In New York it was known as Victory Way and was set up on Park Avenue to raise money for the 5th War Loan. It wasn’t just helmets either, there are also German cannons located at the left and right of the pyramid. The figure on top of the pyramid is believed to be Nike, the Goddess of Victory. The German helmets are all Pickelhaubes and were made of leather. In the early stages of the war, Germany realised they provided virtually no protection against shell fragments and shrapnel. In 1916 the Pickelhaube was replaced by a new steel helmet, the Stahlhelm. Introducing the Stahlhelm decreased German head wound fatalities by 70%.

twelve-thousand recovered German helmets at Grand Central Terminal, New York.

twelve-thousand recovered German helmets at Grand Central Terminal, New York.

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