Brewster Body Shield

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Brewster Body Shield

The Brewster Body Shield or Brewster Body Armor was the first effective body armor developed for the United States Army in World War I, designed by Dr. Guy Otis Brewster from Dover, New Jersey.[1]

During World War I, the United States developed several types of body armor, including the chrome nickel steel Brewster Body Shield, which consisted of a breastplate and a headpiece and could withstand .303 British bullets at 2,700 ft/s (820 m/s), but was clumsy and heavy at 40 lb (18 kg). A scaled waistcoat of overlapping steel scales fixed to a leather lining was also designed; this armor weighed 11 lb (5.0 kg), fit close to the body, and was considered more comfortable.

Reference in film[edit]

An example of this armor appears in a scene of the 1970 Italian movie Many Wars Ago.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Dean, Bashford (1920). Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare. Yale University Press. p. 242. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bashford Dean, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmets and body armor in modern warfare, Lightning Source Inc, 2008, ISBN 9781443775243

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