Helmets -

WWII US Army M1 Helmet
Item #: AA2563
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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 Westinghouse. The heat stamp of 77E puts this one being manufactured around February or March of 1942. The helmet has a dark appearance, and has possibly three coats of paint. The original coat of dark olive drab paint can be seen in areas. There is evidence of white wash having been applied in a couple of spots, then painted over with a lighter shade of OD. I believe this to have been done during the war. The cork texturing remains on about 50% of the helmet. The helmet shell has no dents. There is one stress crack on the left front of the shell. The stainless steel band around the rim retains about 50% 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 honest wear from use, but is free of frays and rips. The strap is stained and dirty from wear. The short strap has the brass hook to attach to the buckle on the long strap. This strap also shows wear from use, is slightly frayed in one spot and dirty from wear. The long strap has been adjusted for actual wear, and is to short to be place on the rear of the helmet. The shell does not have a WWII period net on it. The Westinghouse liner is from early 1944. The Westinghouse stamp is clearly visible in the inside top of the liner, along with the number 29. The liner looks to have the original matt olive drab paint. The liner is intact and also shows plenty of wear. There is one small crack on the liner at the right front, approximately 1/2" long. The suspension cloth is cotton and khaki in color. It is retained to the liner by steel A washers painted green. The sweatband is complete and shows much staining from wear, but is not cracked or broken. The entire suspension system shows much use. The cotton suspension straps show moderate soiling. The garters for the liner chin strap are both present. The liner chin strap is missing. The A yokes are still in the liner. They are not the OD#3 yokes, but a darker color and much sturdier. The buckles for the leather chin strap are green painted iron. The leather chin strap, or cup, is in very good condition. It is the narrower type introduced in 1943. The cup is lined with chamois.The snaps for the shell chin strap are made of brass. This is an excellent example of an M1 combat helmet from WWII used for airborne operations. If you collect US WWII paratrooper equipment, take a hard look at this one.