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Helmet band function
Hi, I am new here. I recently rekindled my interest in Roman history when I bought a reproduction helmet for my little brother ad figured I'd buy myself one as well.

I am sure this is a commonly asked question, however I cannot find an answer on google; what was the function of the band on the Galea helmet? 

I doesn't appear to be a sun visor, nor have any practical function that is apparent, unless perhaps it was used as a mount for an additional part of the helmet.
as I understand, it provides an impediment to downward slashes of swords to the helmet
Matt Mulcahy
Also as a weapon to head butt with  Dodgy
Regards Brennivs  Big Grin
Woe Ye The Vanquished
                     Brennvs 390 BC
When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
Centvrio Brennivs COH I Dacorivm (Roma Antiqvia)
As well as deflecting downward slashes away from the face, it also helps spread the force of the blow around a wider area of the helmet, thus reducing the force and therefore the damage at the specific point struck.

Who is called \'\'Paul\'\' by no-one other than his wife, parents and brothers. :!: <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_exclaim.gif" alt=":!:" title="Exclamation" />:!:

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