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A legionary's helmet

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A description of a galea, an Imperial Gallic helmet, showing where its strength lies and how it protected the Roman soldiers.

Salve. Here we have a Roman legionary’s helmet it’s called a galea, this one is known as the Imperial Gallic Helmet. As you can see it has wide cheek pieces to protect your face and jaw and has a rim around the ears but not covering the ears so you can still hear any commands given. The neck guard is very broad, it’s ribbed to give it strength and it’s angled down to help deflect sword blows to the back of the neck. On the top of the helmet there are fluted decorations, which also help to strengthen it, and finally there’s a small solid peak that helps protect you and the helmet, this can be removed though so it can be repaired if it gets damaged in battle. On the neck guard there is a carrying handle so that on the march you can attach the helmet to the front of your equipment but still have it handy in case you come under attack. On the very top you can see a little rectangular bracket this is for the crest holder to be slid into to so that if you are promoted you can still use the same helmet with the addition of a crest on top.
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