JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
The title for this post is a little shiny and slippery for its subject, which was anything but that--this was cold, hard, heavy metal, with the dual purpose of killing and preventing a killing. This was a sniper's face mask and helmet, and as the caption says it was captured at the front by a Canadian contingent. Snipers operating from the trenches were in a precarious position--needing a field of view the sniper would necessarily risk some amount of exposure to a sniper on the opposite side. Hence the heavy mask to protect the face and head from incoming fire. There were more elegant versions on this idea, some of which were borne out to full body renaissance-y armor. This mask was no doubt home made, and probably made right there in the trenches.