Product Description: A very nice US M1 Camo Helmet. Helmet is a “front-seam” example with what appears to be the outline of a US issued net made from the application of a lighter green oversprayed onto the darker green of the helmet. The Exterior of the helmet shows light wear with a small dent on the helmets left side near the chinstrap attachment area. The liner is completely intact, with what appears to be a rubbed out name on one of the leather sections, and another clearer but still illegible name on one of the canvas straps. It is not known wether the names are the same or different. The liner is stamped on the rear canvas with “AM Stay Co” and the size “small”. The canvas chinstrap is securely fastened to the rear of the helmet and shows no damage. The leather retaining strap is securely fastened to the front lip of the helmet and shows signs of light cracking from age. A nice US M1 Camo Helmet with a unique appearance that would fit a combat mannequin perfectly.
Historical Description: The US military adopted the M1 helmet in 1941, near the outbreak of WWII. This helmet was a replacement for the outdated 1917 pattern “Kelly” helmet, which saw only limited use very early in WWII. WWII production M1 helmets featured a rim around the edge made of a separate steel strip, with the seam in the front. Early helmets had chin strap bales that were fixed, simple wire fittings that were brazed into place. Later wartime production helmets had a more complex “swivel bale” chin strap attachment system. The M1 helmet had a removable liner, initially made of a pressed composite material with a cloth color, later replaced with a more rigid liner made out of a plastic material that did not have a cloth cover. The shell itself was made to be one size fits all, and was made by only two manufacturers, while the liners were made by a variety of different companies. For camouflage purposes, the United States Marine Corps issued a cloth cover for this helmet, while the US Army generally used a helmet net for this purpose. M1 helmets existed in a variety of paint finishes, including gray helmets for US Navy use, and were further customized with a variety of indicators such as rank or unit assignment.
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