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1980 US Army Paratrooper M-1 Helmet -
Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force.

Paratroopers are used for tactical advantage as they can be inserted into the battlefield from the air, thereby allowing them to be positioned in areas not accessible by land. It is one of the three types of "forced entry" strategic techniques for entering a theater of war; the other two are by land and sea. This ability to enter the battle from different locations allows paratroopers to evade fortifications that are in place to prevent attack from a specific direction, and the possible use of paratroopers forces an army to spread their defenses to protect other areas which would normally be safe by virtue of the geography.

This is a United States Army M-1 helmet. As issued to paratroopers in the 1980's. Complete with a woodland camo cover. An elastic band encircles the helmet. It serves two purposes; one is to secure the cover, the other is to attach items to the helmet.





The M-1 Helmet

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The helmet has a paratrooper liner. The design of the liner has not changed much since World War Two. The chin strap has a special attachment to better grip the chin of the soldier. Multiple black metal gromets are found to each side of the strap.

A pad is attached to the back. The purpose of this item is to protect the back of the head when the soldier lands on the ground. The pad is marked to indicate the direction in which it should be placed.




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A snap is secured to the body of the liner. The chin strap has a separate section that snaps to the body. This design is a left over from World War two.

Paratrooper helmets are built with more straps and a more robust suspension system in order for the helmet to be able to stand to the rigorous forces caused by perosnnel jumping from an aircraft. The extra equipment also provide additional protection to the soldier wearing it.





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