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Vietnam War US Army Tanker Helmet -
Tanks and armored vehicles were widely employed during the Vietnam war. New technology allowed the tracked vehicles to move at much faster speeds and, in some cases, even float. New developments in radio communication improved the way in which vehicles communicated with each other and with the other forces. All these changes required a helmet that was better than those employed in previous wars.

The helmetis featured here is a Vietnam war era tanker helmet. Of lightweight foam and fiberglass construction. Complete with all communication electronics which include speakers and a microphone. The body of the helmet is painted green. This design was better than the helmets employed during the Korean war and World War Two. All aspects were better integrated and allowed for more hands-free interaction than before.

This helmet was employed by the US Army in tanks and armored personnel carriers such as the M-113.




This page is a recognition and identification guide for US hats and helmets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my US headgear worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the hats and helmets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The following photo shows the supension system. A series of criss-crossed canvis straps. Meeting in the center to provide a means to balance the helmet. Large electronic components can be seen to one side of the helmet. a michrophone and connector cables allow the soldier to remain in contact with the rest of the crew.











The microphone has the following markings on it:

Micropphone Dynamic
M26542/11-01
Electro-Voice B1134


In addition, a number is stamped with orange ink. This is the same way that electronic equipment was marked during WWII.









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.



If you have an interest is seeing other American military headgear, you can do so by going to our US Military headgear identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.



PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for the US Army helmets and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B


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