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WWII US Army M-1 Helmet -
The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the American military from World War II until it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet beginning in 1985. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military and naval forces, and has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.

The item featured here is a United States Army M-1 helmet. As issued during World War Two.

The design of the helmet consists of a metal shell with two swivel bails attached to each side. The canvis chin strap is secured to each bail. A metal buckle device attached to the end of the chin straps hooked together to secure the helmet to the soldier's head.

A fiberglass liner is placed inside of the metal shell. The liner was lighter in weight and contained the canvis suspension that made the helmet more comfortable to wear. The liner has a thin lether chin strap that was not permanently attached to it.

The liner could be worn without the shell. The shell could not be worn without the liner. The front of the liner has a metal gromet. Rank insignia could be attached through the hole. This practice was abandoned after it was realized that enemy snipers could identify and target officers.

The M-1 Helmet

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A set of small metal studs is attached to the side of the liner. The leather chin strap had a couple of metal hooks that could snap to the side posts in turn attaching themselves to the liner.

The helmet shown here has a net cover. These items were popular among GI's because it would allow them to attach twigs and other camouflaged material to provide concealment in the field. The nets were cut off from cargo nets used in Navy ships.

The edge of the helmet was covered with a metal insert that ran the entire perimeter. This piece was added to cover any rough edges left after the manufacturing process. It protected the GI from getting any cuts by the metal.

The area where the starting and ending points of the insert meet forms a seam. WWII helmets had the seam in the front of the helmet. Post war (and some late war) helmets had it in the back. This fact has given birth to the term "Front seam".

US headgear is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Value $200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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