German rifleman at Verdun, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, © IWM

Could body armour have saved the lives of soldiers during the First World War?

Posted on on 01 May 2013
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Date of publication: 30/04/2013

The Atlantic has published an article which suggests that if body armour had been utilised during the First World War, it may have saved thousands of lives.

The author of the article, Micahel Vlahos, considers evidence and the opinons of professionals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Arms and Armor Collection and claims that:"If three-quarters of all combat casualties were from fragments, and if most fatalities from fragments penetrated the head and torso, then taking the head and torso out of reach of fragments should mean a lot".

To read the full article, visit The Atlantic website here.

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News

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