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Despite its name the Balaclava was not a form of steel helmet but was in fact a knitted close fitting hood that was worn over head and neck with an open face.
The Balaclava was on cold nights by soldiers either on Guard duty, stuck in a trench, sniping or night operations. It could be worn under the helmet or rolled up as a cap.
The balaclava gets it name from Soldiers who served in the Crimean War who had these knitted for them back home and sent out to keep out the bitter cold. The balaclava can be seen worn by soldiers in the South African Boar War, the First World War and the Second World war.
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