Uniforms of the United States Army. The original liners degraded quickly in high humidity environments and were eventually replaced by constantly evolving plastic liners. Sydenham, worked on a new design for a two-piece helmet offering far more protection for the wearer than the M1917A1. England stepped forward and provided a large number of helmets to the US troops. See also WW2 Books. The data provided here will help you do both.
The main shell producer during the war was the McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company, with the Schlueter Manufacturing producing shells on a lesser scale. Many of the soldiers had head wounds produced by sharpnel. The new helmet was issued to the Marine Corps in the spring and early summer of 1942. Secondly, many men incorrectly believed that a nearby exploding bomb or artillery shell could cause the chinstrap to break their neck when the helmet was caught in its concussive force, although a replacement buckle, the T-1 pressure-release buckle, was manufactured that allowed the chinstrap to release automatically should this occur.
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Dating helmets with the heat stamp is not an exact science but in my opinion McCord helmets with a lot number less than 700 were probably fixed loops originally. Then click the Search button. In addition information is provided regarding the current market value of the helmet.
The shell texture is also very important. This section of the website provides a pictorial guide to the various helmets that were used by countries during the periods of WWI through today. The chin strap was often left undone or buckled on the back of the helmet with the unfounded idea that the force of an explosion could catch the helmet cause injury from the jerk of the chin strap. The one that has me stumped the most is the 101E stamped swivel bail helmet; this is due to it being front seam and manganese rim. Each M-1 helmet shell was stamped from a single sheet of manganese steel.
In Vietnam, the M-1 steel helmet, with minor modifications, was the soldier's standard headgear. A cloth helmet cover was designed with a disruptive camouflage pattern. By removing its brim, by adding side pieces and earpiece, and by incorporating the suspension system into a separate inner liner, the World War II "Army helmet" came into being. Sydenham, worked on a new design for a two-piece helmet offering far more protection for the wearer than the M1917A1. The liner is made from many parts.
A feature later used on the British Mk. They were not issued to soldiers, so many soldiers simply made them from a white cloth from a shirt or tablecloth. Post War German Tanker Helmet. The M1 was phased out during the 1980s in favor of the PASGT helmet ,  which offered increased ergonomics and ballistic protection.
The primitive M1917 was to undergo a slight upgrade during the 1930s, becoming the M1917A1, which remained standard issue for the US military, until 1941 when the M1 helmet was introduced. Early paratrooper shells feature fixed, D-shaped loops. While the hobby has growing popularity the value of the items has increased. Please log in to reply.
Those with original rare or unusual markings or some kind of documented history tend to be more expensive. The original liners degraded quickly in high humidity environments and were eventually replaced by constantly evolving plastic liners. Helmet covers in the European woodland camouflage , were designed for fighting in the European Theater of Operations NATO , and became the post-Vietnam jungle pattern camouflage cover used by the U. The bales were toward the rear of the helmet so the strap can be fastened over the back rim during jumps. Helmet, Steel, M1C Parachutist's included a modification of the M1 helmet liner Liner, Helmet, M1, Parachutist's with a special chin strap which insured that the helmet would stay on during the opening shock and descent of the parachute. Schlueter helmets were stamped with an S inside the inner rim with a heat stamp comprising of numbers and letters.
- As the war in Europe intensified, the number of casualties incremented. This type was nearly omnipresent in Vietnam , and where, for the first time, the army wore the cloth camouflage as general issue; whereas in World War II and the Korean War, the army traditionally wore their helmets only with nets, plain without anything on it, or with field-made, non-issue covers without camouflage. Please log in to reply. I'm trying to put more precise manufacturing dates on my M1 helmets and was hoping to find a place where one can look it up.
- White Service Uniform 1902—2014. These liners differ in that color of the HBT webbing was changed from khaki or Olive Drab 3 to a darker green color known as Olive Drab 7. A second variation of the M1 steel helmet designated the M-1C was also issued to paratroopers, with a padded chin strap and a system that kept the liner and shell together during a jump. The helmets were painted with standard matte finish olive drab paint with shredded cork or sawdust grit mixed in to reduce glare, giving a bumpy finish. Secondly, many men incorrectly believed that a nearby exploding bomb or artillery shell could cause the chinstrap to break their neck when the helmet was caught in its concussive force, although a replacement buckle, the T-1 pressure-release buckle, was manufactured that allowed the chinstrap to release automatically should this occur. These straps featured a two-piece web chin cup and were fastened by a metal snap rather than buckle.
Due to the smaller contract Schlueter helmets are quite sought after. The M1917 model was considered suitable for protecting the top of the head. This page was last edited on 5 January 2019, at 20: In the Dutch Army , for example, it was common practice to use a square piece of burlap as a helmet cover on M1 helmets, usually secured by a net see above and a wide rubber band. This device was standardized in 1944. Due to cost and efficiency reasonf the M-43 helmet was stamped of a single sheet of metal without the rolling of the edges.
The colour of Second World War helmets was a dark olive green. A second US production run of approximately one million helmets was made in 1966—1967. The last two important components of the shell, together with what has been mentioned above, should decide whether a shell is complete and wartime. Helmet, Steel, M1C Parachutist's included a modification of the M1 helmet liner Liner, Helmet, M1, Parachutist's with a special chin strap which insured that the helmet would stay on during the opening shock and descent of the parachute. This fact has helped propelled the field of collecting helmets. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.
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Other armies used these or similar covers printed with different camouflage patterns, or employed entirely different methods. Approximately 22 million of the steel helmet shells were manufactured during World War II, along with 33 million helmet liners. The helmets were produced in 5 different sizes. Several distinguishing characteristics are noted to determine the period of an M-1 helmet: Has anyone come across a database where one can look up M1 helmet heat stamps for which date they were made?
In Israeli service, reserve soldiers have used the M1 helmet in combat as late as 2006. The changes included OD 3 webbing A-frame straps with buckles that attached to a leather chin cup. This swivel feature was adopted in 1943 to address the problem that when earlier helmets were dropped, the loops were more susceptible to breaking off. The various elements of the suspension system are riveted , later clipped, inside it. Many soldiers wore the webbing chinstraps unfastened or looped around the back of the helmet and clipped together. The Military Helmet Collectors Club is a group forum specifically for discussion of military helmets from WW I to present, all nations.