Brewster Body Shield
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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
- Dean, Bashford (1920). Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare. Yale University Press. p. 242.
- Bashford Dean, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmets and body armor in modern warfare, Lightning Source Inc, 2008, ISBN 9781443775243