Helmets -

US WWII M1 Helmet
Item #: AA1678
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This is a US World War II M1 helmet and liner. The shell was manufactured by the McCord Radiator company, the liner was made by the Mine Safety Appliances Company. The heat stamp of 203B puts this one being manufactured in mid 1942. The helmet has a medium green appearance, and appears to have been a theater repaint. The original dark green paint can be seen in several places. The cork texturing remains on about 75% of the helmet. The helmet shell is dent free. There are no stress cracks in the shell either. The stainless steel band around the rim retains the majority of the paint. The rim has a front seam stainless steel band. The chin strap bails are fixed. The chin straps are sewn directly to the bails and are OD #3 in color. The long strap has a raised bar brass buckle and adjuster. The strap shows minimal wear and is free of frays, rips or stains. The short strap has the brass hook to attach to the buckle on the long strap. This strap also shows minimal use. The shell has a net on it, with large 2 3/4" squares. The Mine Safety Appliance liner is from late 1943 - early 1944. The MSA stamp is clearly visible in the inside top of the liner, along with the number 31. The liner shows only the original coat of paint on the exterior, retaining about 95%. The liner is intact and also shows minimal wear and no damage. The suspension cloth is cotton and khaki in color. It is retained to the liner by green painted steel A washers. The sweatband is complete and shows moderate staining from wear. The entire suspension system shows minimal use. The cotton suspension straps show light soiling. The garters for the liner chin strap are both present. The liner chin strap is no longer in the liner. This liner never had A yokes installed, as it was not intended for airborne use. The helmet came with a set of M1944 goggles on it. These were used by every type unit in the Army during WWII. The complete set, manufactured by Poloroid, came with removable lenses and a one piece rubber frame in a reinforced cardboard storage box. There were two clear lenses, one polarized and two red night time lenses. This set has the clear lense installed. This is an excellent example of an M1 combat helmet from WWII. No matter what branch, every World War II serviceman wore one of these. It will compliment any collection.