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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 liner.






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  8. Purchasing WWII US Headgear





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.





The M-1 Helmet

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US headgear in general 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 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $150.00 $180.00 $225.00 $250.00 $300.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A+ A+ A+ A+ A+


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