WWII US Army M-1 Fixed Bail Helmet -
The M-1 steel pot helmet is one of the most utilitarian designs produced for a U.S. helmet and one of the
longest lasting. Many news reels and pictures show the GI's using their helmet to cook, dig, carry water
and many other functions.
The helmet is composed of a metal shell and a separate liner with a plastic shell. Both shells are illustrated
on the pictures below. Notice that the plastic shell has a hole in the front-center. This hole is where an
insignia could be placed.
This helmet might be one of the most recognizable icons of WWII. Approximatelly 8 million helmets were produced
during WWII by a large number of companies.
The M-1 helmet was introduced in 1941. the early versions of the helmet had a fixed bail. later on
the armed forces figrued out that the failure rate in such design was greater because the force
exerted on the bail was too much.
This is a WWII US Army fixed bail helmet. The side of the helmet has been perforated by a bullet. The damage extends to the
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This photo provides a view of the suspension system in the liner. A combination of
leather and light canvis. The liner has a hole towards the front. This hole
was employed to secure the rank insignia. In later years it was discovered that it
was not a good idea to announce the rank of the soldier. The hole was eliminated.
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