This carried on into the first industrial war, World War One. In the early years of that war cloth caps were the norm, however with modern warfare modern mass production arrived and the benefits of metal helmets were realised and issued en-masse.
In the First World War several attempts at protecting the soldier from enemy fire were also tried, the best known was the German Lobster armour. However there were several other concepts tried.
|MacAdam shovel in action, notice how the loophole is actually to low to the ground to be used without the mound of earth.|
|You can see how short the handle is on this picture.|
In reality the shovels never made it closer to the front than England and were finally sold off as fifty tons of scrap at a massive loss to the Canadian Government.
|Martel's one man tank. this is the MK2 version, made out of actual metal. the Prototype had been made of wood.|
|Carden-Loyd one man tankette|
|Dominion Premiers demonstration in 1926|
The armour was mostly used by the RAF and 21st Army Group. There's anecdotal reports of it going ashore on D-Day and fighting through Normandy. It was definitely used during Operation Market Garden.
|MRC armour can be seen on the soldier guarding these POW's.|
My thanks to Volketten from the NA server, whom is a real expert in these matters and helped with this article.