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WWII US Army M1 Helmet
Item #: AA2500
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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 Firestone. The heat stamp is hard to make out on this shell, but it looks to be 608?, putting this one being manufactured around July of 1943. The helmet has a dark appearance, with about 75% of the original paint remaining. The original cork texturing remains on less than 50% of the helmet. The helmet shell is free of dents. There are no stress cracks in the shell either. The stainless steel band around the rim retains about 60% of the paint. The rim has a front seam stainless steel band. The chin strap bails are swivel. The chin straps are sewn directly to the bails and are OD #7 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 does not have a net on it. On the inside of the shell it is marked Hank Snow. The Firestone liner is from mid war production also. The Firestone stamp is clearly visible in the inside top of the liner, along with the letter/number combination A 13. The liner has been repainted a glossy olive drab, and has unit designations on both side, with Corporal stripes painted on the front. The liner is intact and also shows moderate wear and no damage. The suspension cloth is cotton and khaki in color. It is retained to the liner by galvanized steel A washers. The sweatband is complete and shows moderate staining from wear. The left side of the sweatband is ink marked D8553, and Don Daggett. 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 missing. This liner never had A yokes installed, as it was not intended for airborne use. The left side of the liner has the insignia of the 32nd Infantry Division, the right side of the liner has the insignia of the 127th Infantry regiment applied. During WWII the 32nd Division served in the Pacific theater, fighting in New Guinea, Luzon and the Philippines. This is an excellent example of an M1 combat helmet from WWII. This appears to be a mismatch as far as the names go, but who knows when that could have happened. I wore a front seam M1 helmet in 1980! No matter what branch, every World War II serviceman wore one of these. It will compliment any collection.
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
Your Price $175.00 USD