Hey all, CounterFett here. I've had kind of a bad couple of weeks, and couldn't find the motivation to post, frankly, anything. Sorry for the big absence, but it was one of those things where I was gone from it long enough that it built up a sort of inertia, and I just became less and less interested in writing. Or any sort of rational discourse, really. Hopefully, I am pulling myself back together and will be getting back on track here.
Now, for the matter at hand.
In world War I, a number of the belligerent nations had a good hard look on ways to make infantry resistant to the increasing range and lethality of smokeless powder repeating rifles. The Germans had plates that, while moderately effective, were so cumbersome that only machine gunners (who sat still for the most part) could wear them.
In the States, a less well known, if slightly more practical parallel development spawned the Brewster Plate. These were metallic armor designed to protect riflemen from modern battle rifle cartridges. It was reportedly tested and successfully proofed against .303 British. For those of you not in the know, .303 British was moderately obsolete even in World War I, but was nevertheless powerful enough to shoot all the way through a human target at pretty much any angle it could hit.
So Brewster plate was pretty protective. The fact it weighed forty pounds is what probably put the nail in the coffin for this particular idea. Still, an odd and interesting development. I have included all of the decent pictures I was able to find of the Brewster system, in the hopes that anyone interested in the armor will have an easier time finding them in the future than I did.