Pickelhaube

Pickelhaube Bavarian Military

The Pickelhaube helmet is from the German Pickel, ‘point’ or ‘pickaxe’, and Haube, ‘bonnet’, a general word for ‘headgear’, also Pickelhelm, is a spiked helmet that was worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by Prussian and German military, firefighters and police.

The Pickelhaube is closely associated with the Prussian Army, which adopted it in 1842–43, the helmet was widely imitated by other armies during that period.

The Pickelhaube can been seen is use today as part of ceremonial wear in the militaries of certain countries, such as Sweden, Chile, and Colombia.

Other names for Pickelhaube

  • Pickelhelm

Famous Pickelhaube wearers

  • Kaiser Willhelm
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Bismarck