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WWII US Army M-1 Helmet Liner -
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 fiberglass shell. Both shells are illustrated on the pictures below. Notice that the fiberglass shell has a metal grommet in the front-center, this feature is known as the eyelet. This opening is where a rank 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. A switch was made to the swivel bail. The flexibility of this last feature coped much better with any forces applied to the weld spot.

The item featured here is a WWII M-1 helmet liner.


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Some of the liners were adorned with stickers. Usually they represent the unit where the soldier served. The sample shown here has two stickers. One for the 77th Infantry Division. The other is a shield that reads "Second to none". In addition, the rank has been painted just below the eyelet.

The 77th Infantry Division landed in Hawaii, 31 March 1944, and continued training in amphibious landings and jungle warfare. Elements began to leave Hawaii, 1 July 1944, for the amphibious assault on Guam. Attached to III Amphibious Force, the 77th made an assault landing on Guam, 21 July 1944. After taking over defense of the beachhead, the division drove north to seize Mount Tenjo and effected junction with the 3d Marine Division, linking the northern and southern bridgeheads, 23-29 July. It continued to drive north, and dislodged the enemy from positions at Barrigada town and mountain, 4 August, resistance ending on the 8th. With Guam recaptured, the 77th sailed for New Caledonia, but plans were changed en route and it was directed to proceed to Leyte.

The division landed on the east coast of Leyte, 23 November 1944, and was attached to XXIV Corps, Sixth Army. After a short period of training and combat patrolling in the Corps' rear, 23 November-6 December, it landed at Ipil and fought up the east coast of Ormoc Bay to seize Ormoc, 10 December. Attacking north, astride Highway No. 2, the division secured Valencia and the Libungao-Palompon road junction. Mopping up operations continued through January 1945 to 5 February 1945.





The liner is lighter than the helmet shell. It was not uncommon to see soldiers around camp wearing the liner alone. A leather chin strap was provided so the soldier could keep the liner on while in movement. The chin strap was thin. It had a black wire clip at each end. The clip was attached to the chin strap post riveted to the inside of the liner.

The suspension was secured to the liner. It consisted of a series of criss-crossing canvis straps that were riveted to the side of the liner. Another section of canvis, covered with a leather strap, was employed as a sweat band.

The manufacturer's logo was stamped on the crown section of the liner.





The M-1 Helmet

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Value $100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B


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