1980's 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 the 1980's. This is the last
of the M-1 helmets.
The design of the helmet consists of a metal shell with two
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
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.
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