Product Description: This WWII US M1 Liner with veteran artwork is a really interesting piece. The liner itself is a textbook wartime pattern, made by Firestone. The exterior of the liner has typical olive drab paint, which has been fairly elaborately hand painted with a large, bold Nazi swastika emblem on the front. The swastika is black, with a white outline; a white stripe runs around the liner’s circumference. The paint shows obvious age, commensurate with what one would expect from a period application. Inside, this WWII US M1 Liner is complete with its original suspension, with khaki webbing and an intact leather sweatband. The webbing shows moderate wear and soiling. The draw string is intact, but the chin strap is broken and missing. The liner has two cracks, and one large chip out of the bottom edge, but displays well and presents the veteran artwork handsomely. The condition is excellent overall.
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 This helmet was a replacement for the outdated 1917 pattern “Kelly” helmet, which saw only limited use very early in WWII.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, and 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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